Hyères Festival 2016: The Winners and Finalists. After four days of conferences, exhibitions and shows, the Jury of the 31st Hyères Festival, awarded its Grand Prix to Wataru Tominaga.
The 31st International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères has kicked off, offering emerging talent access to support and provide an ideal springboard for new generation.
Throughout the four day festival, 10 finalists in both fashion and photography have gathered to show their creations to a jury that has in the past included names such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Riccardo Tisci and Raf Simons. After four days of conferences, exhibitions and shows, the Jury of the 31st Hyères Festival, awarded its Grand Prix to Wataru Tominaga. The Japan-born, 28-year-old designer — who graduated from Central Saint Martins last year — impressed judges with his playful men’s wear silhouettes, which involved pleated sleeves, cotton shirting, dyed corduroy and printed trousers with flocked stripes.
This year’s jury was chaired by Julien Dossena, artistic director of Paco Rabanne. He was accompanied by director Romain Gavras, designer Pierre Hardy, jewelry designer Charlotte Chesnais, 2015 winner of the ANDAM Accessories prize; and Tomoko Ogura, Barneys New York senior fashion director.
Chloé, a major partner of the festival for the past five years, awarded 15,000 euros to Finnish duo Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen. Jurmu and Vartiainen, respectively 26 and 23, who are students at Helsinki’s Aalto University, also received a jury’s special mention. Vendula Knopova from Czech Republic won the Grand Prize of Photography, whose jury was presided over by William Klein.