The deadline for the ELLE Rising Star Design Awards is tomorrow, Friday the 31st, and we thought we’d send a not-so-gentle reminder to hot young designers out there that fancy themselves to be the next big thing. Both Sandiso and I have had the honour of sitting on the judging panel in 2012 and 2013 respectively. I can confirm that it is an incredible platform, that can be used wisely to give a designer’s career an often much needed kick-start and loads of publicity. Names like Lukhanyo Mdingi, Jenevieve Lyons, and Sindiso Khumalo were all finalists, and are currently building careers that are making them household names, and of course there’s the first ever winner, David Tlale. We could be writing about you next skattie!

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Eight finalists will be chosen from the entries and announced on the 7th August, and each will get R10 000 towards the realization of their range, which will be shown at MB Fashion Week Joburg in November, and on the pages of ELLE.

The winning designer gets R30, 000 prize money, mentorship at MRP’s head office in Durbs, the opportunity to design a range to be sold at MRP, a business course, two week’s mentorship at ELLE office, a feature in ELLE, and a year’s subscription to the magazine. Final year students and graduates with less than three years experience qualify to apply.

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You’ve got two more days skat! Follow this link to enter: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-rising-star-3/

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