Kelly Vallerie from Indonesia has been crowned the winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2019. Having presented a transformative collection comprising asymmetric, deconstructed pieces that can be separated and combined to form multi-functional garments, the designer walks away with a year-long scholarship at Istituto Marangoni and a cash prize of $10,000.
“Kelly truly embraces what consumers are looking for in design and fashion. An appreciation of her environment, a true sense of self and authenticity, coupled with craftsmanship and originality. Ingenious in her transformable clothing where everything is not what meets the eye, the multi functional fashion allows for your own personal interpretation and style to add personality. Engaging local artisans, encouraging sustainability through using off-end fabrics, Kelly is what I would call a designer for the 22nd century and so deserving of the win this year.”
—Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR, Kenneth Goh
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Held in collaboration with Swarovski and supported by Zalora, this year’s edition of NewGen saw contestants from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam compete for the top prize. Throughout the 10 months leading up to the finale runway show, the eight regional finalists were mentored by a panel of editors and established designers who gave invaluable feedback and guidance.
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