ALBUS LUMEN | WINNER OF BT EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2018

ALBUS LUMEN | WINNER OF BT EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2018

BT Financial Group and the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) are proud to announce Albus Lumen, by Sydney based designer Marina Afonina, as the winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2018!

Albus Lumen was announced the winner at the BT Runway 2018 event on Wednesday evening, 28th March, hosted at The Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney.

  Winner Marina Afonina of Albus Lumen.

Winner Marina Afonina of Albus Lumen.

Marina Afonina has an amazing fashion eye, as a stylist and fashion designer, so it’s not surprising that her fashion label Albus Lumen has won the 2018 BT Fashion Designer Award. Albus Lumen is chic, timeless and delivers classic pieces, such as cigarette pants and cashmere sweaters, that every woman wants to wear season after season.
— Kellie Hush, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR Australia

A testament to the innovative design talent that continues to grow in our local industry, the evening saw the three finalists; Albus Lumen, Double Rainbouu and Anna Quan, showcase their collections as part of the exclusive fashion show, alongside eight of Australia’s leading designers; Bianca Spender, CAMILLA AND MARC, Carl Kapp, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell and Toni Maticevski.

  Finalists for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award | Michael Nolan & Toby Jones of Double Rainbouu, Anna Hoang of Anna Quan, and Marina Afonina of ALbus Lumen, with AFC Board Director and Editor-in-Chief of Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Kellie Hush.

Finalists for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award | Michael Nolan & Toby Jones of Double Rainbouu, Anna Hoang of Anna Quan, and Marina Afonina of ALbus Lumen, with AFC Board Director and Editor-in-Chief of Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Kellie Hush.

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BT Financial Group have once again partnered with Australia’s largest online fashion retailer, THE ICONIC, to donate 10% of all sales from the BT Runway 2018 designers to Dress for Success, a not for profit organisation empowering women in need so they achieve financial independence and self-sufficiency. Click the link above to shop the BT Runway.

Above | Albus Lumen Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the BT Runway.

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THE BT EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2018

Now in its sixth year, Marina joins the ranks of Australian designers to take home the prestigious fashion design award, including; Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mulholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).

The award was established by BT Financial Group with the goal of identifying emerging designers and providing support in the form of financial advice and mentoring. Six years on, the initiative continues to help Australia’s emerging talent grow their wealth both personally and professionally.

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THE JUDGES.

The three finalists; Albus Lumen, Double Rainbouu and Anna Quan, were chosen by a panel of industry experts, who were tasked with the challenge of selecting this year’s winner. The panel included; Editor-in-Chief and AFC Board Director Edwina McCann, designer Camilla Freeman-Topper of CAMILLA AND MARC, creative director Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox, Australian stylist Caterina Scardino; and Rebecca Lim, Westpac Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat.

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THE PRIZE.

Thanks to BT Financial Group and a host of Industry supporters, as the winner of this year’s award, Marina will receive a prize package valued at over $70,000 including;

  • A $10,000 cash grant and two years of financial planning services provided by BT Financial Group

  • Accounting and business advisory services for two years provided by Bentleys NSW

  • A look book styled and produced by Vogue Australia

  • Two return Club Class flights to London provided by British Airways

  • A one year subscription with new media content business, Flaunter

  • Two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the AFC

  • TONI&GUY Australia will proudly sponsor the winner’s hairdressing needs including: access to their National Artistic Team for two major fashion events, two look book or editorial shoots and three month’s worth of hairdressing at TONI&GUY Head Office.

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LOOKING FORWARD.

The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and the BT Runway 2018 event are fantastic opportunities for our local emerging designers, and an indication of the outstanding innovation and design talent coming out of Australia. Both BT Financial Group and the AFC were blown away by the calibre of entries for this year and wish to congratulate each of the well deserved finalists. We look forward to supporting Marina in the growth of her label and can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award is a fantastic recognition of the high calibre of emerging contemporary Australian designers. Supporting new and cutting edge designers, in ways like this, is vital in developing the growth of this exciting industry.
— David Giles-Kaye, CEO, Australian Fashion Council

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WHAT'S NEXT?

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