This week, designers Nadine Ghosn, Nourah Faisal (Nuun Jewels), and Hamad bin Shaiban, Abdulla BelJafla, and Bushra bint Darwish (Gafla Jewellery) will compete in the high jewelry category. One designer will be selected to take home a collective grant valued at US $250,000; receive mentorship; the opportunity to produce the winning collections for sale at Harvey Nichols – Dubai and Bloomingdale’s Kuwait; and an advertising campaign.
The Fashion Prize judging panel consists of 9 leading industry experts from both the regional and international fashion community, and includes Vogue Arabia Editor-in-Chief Manuel Arnaut; Vogue Arabia CEO and Publisher Shashi Menon; President and Editorial Director, New Markets and Brand Development, Condé Nast International Karina Dobrotvorskaya; and renowned Lebanese couturier Reem Acra (See the full jury list here.)
“The two pillars of all my collections are food and time. Food because I find it to be something that brings people together, that is relatable and that in itself tells a story. Time is also a huge component – jewelry used to capture moments and trends in time. It was used in archeology to help better understand civilizations and cultures. I found that jewelry today did not capture these trends in time or say much about where we were so technology and trends are highlighted in my collections.
Although many people encouraged me to stick with the burger and do variations for my new collection, I decided I always want to introduce new ideas linked to the two pillars of NGFJ.
Food naturally has become a foundation for my collection because it is easily recognizable and relatable and very much aligned with the fun and funky relatable feel that I am trying to nurture. For my second collection I focused on introducing a Japanese theme – I spent 7 years in Japan and I’m an extreme sushi addict. I also find the art behind sushi making and the time and care that goes into the ingredients and preparation quite remarkable. The idea came pretty naturally and happened to be a novel topic for the jewelry space.
I would say my muse for the collection was Seito Shushi and his incredible sushi restaurant. The craftsmanship, training, and time behind sushi making is incredibly exceptional. Japanese people take a lot of pride in the ingredients, details, and quality of the final products. Very much like the creation of these pieces. Everything from the sushi making hand motions, raw ingredients and place mat settings help influence everything from packaging to photography.”
“Bedouin jewelry has always been an inspiration to me. The combination of forms and volume is quite unique. The juxtaposition of different shapes create a modern feel. I took my color inspiration from the amethyst used in the jewelry and his natural form. I started with the original volume of a traditional bracelet. The different textures and shapes in the final pieces create a retro yet modern feel that is interesting considering the point of inspiration.”
Hamad bin Shaiban, Abdulla BelJafla, and Bushra bint Darwish
“The Marsa Collection is inspired by the elegant shapes of the traditional dhows that transformed Arabia into the modern metropolis it is today.”