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Tendence 2019 puts the spotlight on future fashion designers

May 24, 2019

Setting the stage for a new generation in fashion and design: the final of the Frankfurt Style Award will be held at Tendence for the first time.

The German word Heimat – “native country”, “native area”, “home”, “home country”, etc. – can conjure up very specific associations, thoughts and feelings. So how can this highly emotive theme be expressed in fashion and design? This will be demonstrated by 60 young designers at Tendence 2019 from both within and outside Germany – students and newcomers who have made it into the final of this year’s Frankfurt Style Award. The award, which honours projects in the areas of fashion and lifestyle, amounts to a total of EUR 10,000.

Running under the motto “Heimat 4.0”, contestants submitted their fashionable interpretations of three lifestyle worlds: Urban, Adventure and Earth. Inspired by the Style City in Hall 8.0, the contest follows a structure according to lifestyle and target group. The award forms part of the new concept at Tendence, demonstrating fashion in a wide range of different facets that can be used by retailers in their retail design, while at the same time illustrating the wealth of meaning underlying the German word Heimat.

The Frankfurt Style Award 2019 picks up on three lifestyle worlds: Urban, Adventure and Earth.
The Frankfurt Style Award 2019 picks up on three lifestyle worlds: Urban, Adventure and Earth.

20 finalists have been selected for each of the three areas by an interdisciplinary jury of experienced professionals. This year’s patron of the contestants and honorary chairwoman of the jury is the French stylist and fashion designer Chantal Thomass. The lady with the striking black bob is particularly well known among fashionistas for her extravagant collections of lingerie. “I’m very pleased to be part of such a highly professional and international jury for this prestigious talent contest. Among those who applied for the Frankfurt Style Award 2019, the best 60 newcomers in fashion design have now made it through the first round, representing 34 schools and five continents. It will be a major task to determine the winners of these highly-valued prizes,” says Thomass.

Chantal Thomass supports the specialist jury of the Frankfurt Style Award 2019.
Chantal Thomass supports the specialist jury of the Frankfurt Style Award 2019.

An afternoon filled with fashion and design

The final round of the Frankfurt Style Award will be held in Hall 8.0 on 29 June, the first day of the trade fair. The creative designs of the young professionals will be demonstrated live for the first time from 14:00 hrs, at three successive fashion shows. They will be accompanied by the Canadian singer Cindy Gomez, who is also this year’s official ambassador for the Frankfurt Style Award 2019. The award ceremony will be held on the stage of the Tendence Academy at 17:00 hrs. Then, towards the end of the day, all finalists, visitors, exhibitors and journalists are warmly invited to the Tendence get-together. This year’s Frankfurt Style Award will conclude in style for all finalists and invited guests with an invitation to the Kaisersaal – the Emperor’s Hall – at the Römer, the city hall in the old town.

Tendence will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2019.

Schedule: Final of the Frankfurt Style Award, 29 June 2019

Time Event Venue
14:00 hrs Top 20 Urban Show Urban Marketplace
Hall 8.0 D70
15:00 hrs Top 20 Adventure Show Adventure Marketplace
Hall 8.0 F86
16:00 hrs Top 20 Earth Show Earth Marketplace
Hall 8.0 H40
17:00 hrs Award Ceremony Hall 8.0 C10
(Stage of the Tendence Academy)
18:00 hrs   Tendence Get-together Portalhaus, East Side
20:00 hrs Festive Reception Kaisersaal Hall at the Römer

Tendence – ideas for the future of the retail trade combined with the must-haves of the season

Logically arranged by retail channel, lifestyle and target group, Tendence (29 June to 1 July 2019) takes its cue from the needs of consumers. It therefore enables retailers to compile their product ranges in a highly focused manner and to implement them in their own stores, ensuring the success of their business. As a consumer goods trade fair, Tendence demonstrates the latest trends and products in interior design, home accessories, gifts, jewellery, fashion and lifestyle. Retailers benefit from a wide range of inspirations to support their sales as well as a powerful complementary programme. Tendence is the platform for new products, presenting trends for winter and Christmas. At the same time, it is a good opportunity for anyone wanting to place orders in good time for their spring and summer collections.

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