VFILES Runway in Partnership with Depop
Aglobal group of emerging creators will kick off NYFW with a show featuring performances on the runway by Rico Nasty, Brooke Candy, Erika Jayne, and more surprises. Tickets are open to the public, and now available on Ticketmaster.
VFILES Runway in partnership with Depop will kick off NYFW with a new class of global young creators, chosen from thousands of contestants who applied as designers, photographers, stylists, and models. The show, which will take place at The Barclays Center on September 5th, 2018 at 7pm, will also include live performances from Runway mentor Rico Nasty as well as the debut of a brand new single by Erika Jayne and Brooke Candy. The show will also feature DJ A-Trak as well as visuals by Jeron Braxton and pre-show performances by VFILES community artists Delly, Stvsh, Penelope, Maya Hirasedo and more surprises to be announced.
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This season’s winners are: designers Di Du, Pierre Louis Auvray, Nico Verhaegen, Wesley Harriott, photographer Genevieve Andrews, and stylist Cornelius Lafayette. VFILES and Depop have a shared mission of democratizing fashion and pushing the boundaries of fashion forward. To embody this goal, the show will be open to the public and tickets are all free and available through Ticketmaster.
Di Du is a Chinese born and Antwerp based designer and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Her collections focus on feminine power and she delivers a mix of feminine sexual attraction combined with elegance throughout her collections. Di Du also draws her inspiration from contemporary art and underground culture. She tends to express her statements through each collection about the domination of female liberty in different topics. Di Du’s designs have been seen on celebrities such as Rico Nasty, Zara Larson, Rosalia, and more.
Ricky Harriott is a London based womenswear designer, that launched his own line Wesley Harriott, in 2016. His collections are rooted in biographical stories influenced by females that have impacted his past, in both fiction and reality. Since the brand launched two years ago Harriott has created collections worn by icons such as Lady Gaga, SZA, Kylie Jenner, and Jorja Smith, and been featured in WWD, Vogue UK, Hunger, Dazed and more. Harriott most recently won the ASOS Fashion Discovery competition, an award with a history of supporting entrepreneurial design talent and showcases his collections each season as part of the Official Schedule for London Fashion Week.
Pierre Louis Auvray
Pierre Louis Auvray is London based designer and recent graduate from Central Saint Martins. His design process is influenced by technological innovations and a passion for reconnecting elements that have been left behind in favor of the new. His aim is to create a symbiosis between old belongings, for which we used to have an affectionate bond with, and our current obsessions. Auvray’s prior work includes an apprenticeship at King and Allen tailors as well as an internship at Louis Vuitton as part of a design team.
Nico Verhaegen is an Antwerp based designer and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Nico takes inspiration from decay and rebirth and often examines the frail state of cities, combining urban motifs like cracked paint, mold and rust with clean elements. His work includes sustainable and raw materials such as CO2 neutral linen, recycled nylons, reclaimed fabrics and selvedges.
Cornelius Lafayette is a New York based stylist and creative consultant. He has worked with many well respected names in the industry including Sabina Schreder, Jenke Ahmed Tailly, Anna Trevelyan, Garth Spencer, Paul Sinclaire, Sophia Neophitou and Patti Wilson. Lafayette’s talent for creating bold, rebellious and sharp looks has garnered the attention of Glamour Magazine, Schön! Magazine Vogue Italia and i-D.
Genevieve Andrews is a New York based photographer who creates cinematic scapes utilizing performance art and neon production. She uses photography as a channel to cope with past health issues she has experienced and as an outlet to create nostalgic moments and altered memories. Andrews’ past work includes shooting for Billie Eilish and DRØME Magazine.
The winners were selected by this seasons mentors, made up of the following top industry experts:
Julie Anne Quay, Founder of VFILES
Simon Beckerman, Founder of Depop
Law Roach, Stylist and judge of America’s Next Top Model, whose clients include: Ariana Grande, Celine Dion, Zendaya, Mary J. Blige, Gabrielle Union, and more.
Nicola Formichetti, Stylist and creative director who has worked with Lady Gaga, Dazed, Vogue Hommes Japan, Diesel, Thierry Mugler, and went on to start his own line, Nicopanda in 2011.
Rico Nasty, Rapper and model who consistently endorses young designers. Her experience in fashion includes modeling for Gypsy Sport and VFILES Yellow Label.
Candy Pratts Price, Fashion consultant and editor. Candy has worked with Vogue, Paper Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and more.
Romero Jennings, Director of Make Up, M.A.C Cosmetics
VFILES is an experience based social networking platform that connects and empowers the creative global youth community. Since it began in 2012, VFILES has been responsible for changing the industries perception on internet culture, and provided countless opportunities to a global roster of talent. By providing tools to discover, connect, and collaborate, the VFILES platform brings together young and emerging creatives with the world’s most established influencers in pop-culture today.
Since 2014, VFILES has drawn attention to the digital world of fashion, and has been one of the first companies to host a completely crowdsourced fashion show, from their platform. Now in its eleventh season, VFILES Runway has become seen as a global industry and community rite of passage for young designers and creatives. Winning designers from seasons past include Gypsy Sport, Ottolinger, Kim Shui, Alessandro Trincone, Kozaburo, Feng Chen Wang, Di$count Univer$e, and many more. Past winners have gone on to receive and be nominated for the industry’s top accolades including: The LVMH Prize, The CFDA Fashion Fund, The Woolmark Prize, The H&M Design Award, and CFDA NYFW Sponsorships.
VFILES Runway has also attracted some of the most trusted authorities in fashion, music, and culture to help choose and advise winners throughout their Runway journey. Past mentors include: Virgil Abloh, Naomi Campbell, Mel Ottenberg, Young Thug, Khloe Kardashian, Dapper Dan, Jerry Lorenzo, Candy Pratts-Price and more.
Depop is the fashion marketplace app and creative platform that serves over 13 million people to buy, sell and discover rare and unique fashion. Headquartered in London, Depop also has offices in New York, LA and Milan. For more information about Depop, visit Depop.com or download the app for iOS or Android. Follow Depop on Instagram @Depop and #Depop for updates on the collection and in-app shopping drops.
Depop empowers the next generation of youth by giving them a platform to build their brands and express their creativity. In addition to being an online fashion marketplace, Depop has expanded offline with permanent spaces in New York and LA. One-off events bring the spirit of the app to life, such as Depop Live – which featured Depop entrepreneur Internet Girl alongside Gully Guy Leo and Heron Preston.