Fashion Council Germany (FCG), together with lifestyle brand Ugg, has announced the winners and runners up of the Rising Voices Award during an event at Berlin Fashion Week last night. During the event, Arp and Ericsson announced the recipient of the award’s 20,000 euro cash prize to be design duo Julia Ballardt and Nico Verhaegen. Those selected were revealed at FCG’s Fireside Chat, hosted by chairwoman of the organisation Christiane Arp and Nicks Ericsson, senior director of brand purpose, sustainability and DEI at Ugg.
For 2022, applicants were tasked with conceptually reinterpreting the ‘Classic Mini’ Ugg boot with a sustainable vision and craftsmanship in mind. The occasion, entitled ‘Der Berliner Salon’, was also home to a group exhibition of 30 German design talents and brands within fashion, accessories and jewelry, as well as the presentation of Ukrainian designer Jean Grisfeldt. Curated by Arp, the exhibition can be viewed until September 7, over the course of Berlin Fashion Week.