the Merit Award
The Merit Award is a new talent initiative worth £20,000, awarded to a talented designer with exceptional potential. Over three seasons, one designer will receive business development support to help their brand reach its goals.
Since its inception in 2009, the Merit Award has been given to brands such as Han Wen, Eudon Choi, Roberts|Wood, David Koma, Phoebe English, Katie Ann McGuigan, Georgia Hardinge, EDDA, i-am-chen and many more.
A highlight of the Fashion Scout schedule, the event draws both UK and international press and buyers each season and is a vital platform for elevating the international careers of emerging designers.
What it Includes
The Merit Award is our globally acclaimed and fully sponsored show at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week. The Merit Award prize includes a fully produced professional solo show and all aspect such as show PR, models, hair & make-up and show production.
The Selection Process
Each season, Fashion Scout receives hundreds of applications from around the world. Together with influential industry professionals, these applications are carefully considered, reviewing designers creativity, originality, craftsmanship, impact as well as their business potential.
Shortlisted designers will be invited for the final selection panel, when the winner will be chosen by a curated number of judges.
Please note, applications are now closed for the SS20 Merit Award. Applications are now open for the AW20 season, which will be held in February 2020.
SS20 WINNER: WEN PAN
WEN PAN is a London based womenswear label launched in 2018 and now in its third season. The brand fuses the spirit of oriental recluses with romantic grunge aesthetics. By using raw fluidity and layers of textures, WEN PAN evokes characters in a balance of subtlety and freedom. The design journey always starts with human traces and the attitude from the common people, ending with timeless deconstructed pieces, which translate brokenness into delicacy.
WEN PAN shows an image of quietness in chaos, and celebrates the confidence in imperfection. The brand appeals to women with a similarly strong sense of individuality as they offer garments that nourish women’s needs of style on an emotional level. WEN PAN provides a way to project their strength of character and translate an attitude through a piece.
The brand explores the beauty of brokenness, traces of human presence, Chinese ancient recluses and the 1990 grunge. The SS20 collection will return with contrasting floral prints and textures, mixing fragile linen layers and sheer silk fabrics with rough cotton drapery and asymmetric cutting. Wen continues using utility wear with workwear detailing in a palette of muted greens and faded sandy cream.