Last year, the MMR Foundation through the help of sponsor; Sovereign Trust Insurance, was able to reaffirm its commitment to empowering emerging talents by awarding a 3 Million Naira grant to OlakunbiOyelese, creative director of emerging Nigerian fashion label; April by Kunbi at MMR 2013.
In September, the 2014 MMR Rising Icon Competition kicked off, as the search for the next emerging fashion designer began. After an extensive search and thorough selection process, we are pleased to announce the following as the 10 finalists chosen as the up-and-coming designers from over 500 applications received.
1. AAMAA a la Mode
Creative Director: ToyosiMobereola
An emerging womenswear fashion label inspired by Globalisation.
2. Ms Ray
Creative Director: AnthoniaNkem Raymond
Clothing line which aims to justkeep it simple.
Facebook: Ms. Ray Couture.
3. SALLY BAWA
Creative Director: Sally Bawa
Emerging ready to wear womenswear label with a clean structured appeal and an artsy indulgence.
Creative Director: TehilahAbakasanga
Fashion brandcentred on the expression of beauty through handmade clothing.
Instagram : @tehilahdesigns
5. AYO VAN ELMAR (AVE)
Emerging fashion label with pieces that are contemporary and edgy.
Facebook: Ayo van Elmar
6. QUEEN E COLLECTION
Creative Director: Ms. Queen Enidiok
Inspired by her African roots, this emerging unisex line celebrates fashion-forward women and men and their individuality.
Facebook: Queen E. Collection by Queen Enidiok
7. LINES BY CHAB
Creative Director: OgochukwuAkabogu
Fashion designing outfit dedicated to creating designs without barriers for the young stylish everyday woman.
Facebook: Lines By Chaab
Creative Director: AbbykeDomina
Fashion design & styling brand hoping to be known for beautiful fabrics and styles.
9. Liz John Black
Creative Director: Elizabeth John Black
Fashion & bridal brand rooted in making women feel more beautiful, confident & powerful.
10. ELIS MAIOR
Creative Director: TundeAdeyemi
Emerging fashion brand distinguished by confidence in sophisticated styles.
Facebook: Tunde Couture Clothing
The winner will win:
• Cash prize to help launch your career in fashion.
• An extensive mentorship program (to be announced)
• A feature in the MMR Magazine.
• Showcase a full collection at Music Meets Runway 2015.
• The winner will automatically become a Brand Ambassador
To vote please visit the MMR Instagram and Facebook accounts and like the post of the brand you would like to win the 2014 MMR Rising Icon Competition.
ONLY the votes on the official MMR pages will count.
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About Music Meets Runway
Music Meets Runway is an annual fashion and music show event, which features fashions by the new era of fashion being presented by live performances by popular music acts, including international artists. Over the years, Fashion and Music has created a style storm around the globe. The innovation, ‘Music Meets Runway’ is intended to provide a platform for talented designers, especially those who normally are excluded from the highly competitive world of fashion to showcase their unique art works WHILE talented music artists perform on stage.