News 05.11.12: Fashion Fringe Accessories calls for entries!

Bruno Frisoni by Rankin
6th November 2012, London – Fashion Fringe Accessories 2012 is now open for applications. With selection led and Chaired by Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director of Roger Vivier, legendary French Accessories company famed for elegance and glamour, the winner will be given the chance to work at the headquarters in Paris for six months. Frisoni will also welcome input from Selection Panel members, Susannah Frankel (Grazia), Helen David (Harrods) and Sue Saunders (London College of Fashion) in deciding the final winner.

Fashion Fringe, the project co-founded in 2003 by Colin McDowell and IMG Fashion, finds, nurtures and supports emerging fashion design talent. The Accessories platform of Fashion Fringe runs alongside the main platform and offers accessory designers the chance to gain support, industry recognition and mentoring from industry greats.

2012 will see a fourth budding accessories designer to benefit from the scheme. Past winners have included Liam Fahy, Helen Robotham and Kerrie Luft, all of whom have gone on to establish successful careers in the fashion industry.

Fashion Fringe Accessories is open for applications until the 30th November and details of how to enter can be found at No formal training is needed to be eligible to take part in the accessories platform, as the initiative aims to find and support new accessories design talent with a once in a lifetime opportunity of an apprenticeship at Roger Vivier.

The program has been designed to provide the winner with intensive exposure to all aspects of the luxury accessory business from design and development, sales and sourcing, to dealing with the press and wholesale account management.

Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director, Roger Vivier, said:

‘I was lucky to be able to follow my dream – I believe that without fantasy we have nothing. Fashion and Design can be very closed worlds and so it is a privilege for me through Fashion Fringe Accessories to help open a door, to offer a pass. This competition encourages our next generation of young designers to create their own visions with confidence and conviction and with the support of Fashion Fringe Accessories these may become a unique reality.’

Colin McDowell said,

‘I love this scheme because it not only encourages young talent, as the main Fashion Fringe platform does, but (as it is an apprenticeship) it modernises something that has been the bedrock of craftsmanship since Medieval times: the tyro sitting next to the maestro and learning the craft absolutely at first hand. It doesn’t get any better than that, surely?’

Candidates can apply through the Fashion Fringe website ( where finalists will then be shortlisted to present their application to Bruno Frisoni and his judging panel.

Fashion Fringe is proud to have the continued sponsorship of the following Partners: DHL, American Express, ShopStyle, Davenport Lyons and Metro – with additional support from The Mayor of London. Fashion Fringe is an IMG event.

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For further information, please contact the Fashion Fringe team.


Notes to Editors

About Fashion Fringe Accessories:
To enhance its support in the industry, Fashion Fringe launched Fashion Fringe Accessories in 2007 with British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson. Past winners of Fashion Fringe Accessories include:
• Kerrie Luft (2011) was selected by Bruno Frisoni’s panel of judges and awarded a six month apprenticeship at Roger Vivier, has recently moved to Milan to continue designing and developing her own luxury shoe label
• Helen Robotham (2009) was awarded a six month apprenticeship at the iconic luxury accessories label, Jimmy Choo, after being selected by a panel that included Tamara Mellon, and is now working as an Accessories Designer for Burberry
• Liam Fahy (2008), who has recently launched his own label, was awarded the first ever Fashion Fringe Accessories apprenticeship, selected by a judging panel chaired by Manolo Blahnik to take on a 10 month paid apprenticeship at Rupert Sanderson

About Fashion Fringe:
Fashion Fringe was set up in 2003 by Colin McDowell in association with IMG Fashion, in response to the need to enable emerging talented designers to work in London. This inspirational and committed business model has helped to launch varied design labels into the fashion industry, seventeen of which are still running successful fashion businesses today, including Basso & Brooke (winners 2004), Erdem (2005), Gavin Douglas (2006), Aminaka Wilmont (2007), Eun Jeong (2008), JENA.THEO (2009), Corrie Nielsen (2010) and most recently FYODOR GOLAN (2011). Fashion Fringe continues with its original aim to discover, nurture and sustain cutting-edge design talent within UK.

The designer selected as winner each year gains instant acknowledgement from the industry, as well as being awarded a two year development package, which includes a mixture of financial support, business advice, mentoring and an equipped studio at Somerset House, to set up and forward their business. | @fashionfringe | Search for us on Facebook, YouTube& Pinterest

About Roger Vivier:


Roger Vivier influenced feminine allure through his creativity (1907-1998). He sublimated the utilitarian by transforming it into art. Through his heel designs: Comma, Shock, Stem and Boot, he showed women the path to liberation whilst providing them with a weapon of fatal attraction.
With his invention of the stiletto heel in 1954 which ‘traced a silhouette with a single stroke’ he conquered the brightest stars and the most desirable women on the planet with his daring; Marlene Dietrich, The Duchess of Windsor, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, HM Queen Elizabeth II….

M.Viviers’ life career was in the creation of jewels for the feet, using materials normally associated with couturiers: scales, garlands, crystal tear drops, coral, topaz and other stones, silver and gold thread, crystal shards and tears of Mica, pearls, sequins or kingfisher feathers.

This artistic heritage and exceptional tradition found new life with the renaissance of the Maison in 2003. With a wave of his stylet, Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director, has given new form to the dreams of women searching for the exceptional and awakened a sleeping beauty whose ancestry is enshrined in great museums around the world. With Ines de la Fressange as Brand Ambassador by his side, Bruno reconjugated a pluperfect talent in the future tense without treading on the well-worn footsteps of his predecessor and in keeping with tradition; Vivier continues to seduce the most talented and desirable including Cate Blanchett, Queen Rania of Jordan and Charlize Theron. Inventive and free, Roger Vivier designs talk to the woman who has found the balance between femininity and progress. Contemporary variations on a mythical theme, they play on nuances and bring forth their innermost beauty: shoes, handbags, jewelry and eyewear to accompany her at any, and all, times. Extravagant, accessible dreams…

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