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 Olakunbi Oyelese, creative director of emerging Nigerian fashion label; April by Kunbi at MMR 2013.
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, â€˜Music Meets Runwayâ€™ 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.
In September, theÂ 2014 MMR Rising Icon CompetitionÂ 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.
AAMAA a la Mode
Creative Director: Toyosi Mobereola
An emerging womenswear fashion label inspired by Globalisation.
Creative Director: Anthonia Nkem Raymond
Clothing line which aims to just keep it simple.
Facebook:Â Ms. Ray Couture.
Creative Director: Sally Bawa
Emerging ready to wear womenswear label with a clean structured appeal and an artsy indulgence.
Creative Director: Tehilah Abakasanga
Fashion brand centred on the expression of beauty through handmade clothing.
Instagram : @tehilahdesigns
AYO VAN ELMAR (AVE)
Emerging fashion label with pieces that are contemporary and edgy.
Facebook: Ayo van Elmar
Instagram : @ayovanelmar
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
LINES BY CHAB
Creative Director: Ogochukwu Akabogu
Fashion designing outfit dedicated to creating designs without barriers for the young stylish everyday woman.
Facebook: Lines By Chaab
Creative Director: Abbyke Domina
Fashion design & styling brand hoping to be known for beautiful fabrics and styles.
Liz John Black
Creative Director: Elizabeth John Black
Fashion & bridal brand rooted in making women feel more beautiful, confident & powerful.
Creative Director: Tunde Adeyemi
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.
- AnÂ 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.