PARIS, Mar 5, 2012/ — With 2011 winner Anndra Neen on center stage, the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was launched today at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris.
The kick-off of the third annual Prize is timed to highlight the 2011 winner, Anndra Neen, who is showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2012 jewellery and accessories collection at the iconic Avenue Montaigne address during the height of Paris Fashion Week, 5 – 6 March 2012.
Anndra Neen, comprised of designer duo sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, have enjoyed critical acclaim for their jewellery and accessories line since being awarded the prize last autumn, and have already been featured in The New York Times and Vogue.com, and secured a place on the British Vogue 2012 Hot List.
Like Anndra Neen, the 2012 winner will also receive the opportunity to stay at a Dorchester Collection property in Paris or Milan during Fashion Week, spring 2013.
The 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize carries an endowment of €30,000 to be awarded by a panel of expert judges to a gifted designer of ready-to-wear or premium accessories to help establish their brand.
Entries for the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize must be based in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Switzerland; have an established design business; and have operated their brand for a minimum of two years.
Application details will be available for download on the Dorchester Collection website (www.dorchestercollection.com) from 2 April 2012 and registration will be open until 31 May 2012.
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Le Meurice, Paris, Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, Coworth Park, Ascot, UK, 45 Park Lane, London, Le Richemond, Geneva