Ask any designer about their road to success, and they will almost always tell you that it wasn’t linear. That’s why, when it came time to design a trophy for the first-ever Fashion Trust US awards, jeweler Ana Khouri created a twisted and folded sculpture of fair-mined gold and platinum, meant to reflect a creator’s path from inspiration to realization.
Last night, at the GOYA Studios in Los Angeles, six emerging designers took home the awards. They were selected out of a group of 15 finalists by a board that includes some of the most influential voices in the fashion industry, including Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Samira Nasr. The Fashion Trust US, a non-profit, aims to champion and support designers, many from underrepresented backgrounds, as they try to scale their businesses and grow their brand.