Welcome to the Winner’s Circle. This is where you can see the winners of our Emerging Designer Competition!
November 2012 Winner
Julia Love by Cybil Waite
Cybil Waite is a Los Angeles based designer of the brand Julia Love. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Cybil moved to Tucson in 2009 to study fashion design at The Art Institute of Tucson. After graduating in Spring 2012 she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in the Fashion Industry. She has since worked with local designers and artists like Wren, RAW Artists, and Scott Benzel. Cybil has received such awards as RAW Los Angeles Fashion Designer of the Year 2012 and OC Fashion Showcase Emerging Designer Spring 2013 for her line Julia Love.
Julia Love is a contemporary brand with vintage style lines with rocker flare, created to empower the women who wear it. Based in Los Angeles, the line is comprised of stand-alone garments that use classic, structured silhouettes infused with modern styling. Julia Love is a brand that focuses on developing themes for their collections that invoke feelings in people that go beyond the current clothing trend.
April 2012 Winner
Zerrin was born in Cyprus in 1982. She has successfully completed her BA degree in Public Relations (2003) in Girne American University, Cyprus, and her MA degree in Marketing Communications (2005) in University of Greenwich, UK. Zerrin started her career in trade marketing in Cyprus working at Turkcell, a well established telecommunications company, for three years. She then went to the USA to follow her dream, where she undertook Fashion Design program in University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2010). Zerrin is the winner of UNLV Fashion Art Award (2009) for the unique design she presented as her final project of the program. She has also been awarded the first runner up at the Fashion Icon – Hamil Group Design Competition, in New York (1999).
In 2010, Zerrin launched her first women’s ready to wear collection, under “the ZA by GHS” label, in collaboration with clothing manufacturer GHS in Turkey. The collection was presented in Cyprus for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season and received much attention from the media.
Following this collaboration, Zerrin has succesfully completed her first solo runway presentation of “ZA by Zerrin Akinci” during London Fashion Week in September 2011.
Today, Zerrin is the sole owner and designer of her own brand and she is also doing freelance work in the US garment industry.
As a designer she designs with the passion to create as unique as the soul, as fitted as the skin and as unique as her clients’ personal values. Zerrin describes herself as an international designer: she combines her Western educational background in fashion with the Eastern cultural and ethnic values. She defines her style as integration of the modernity of the West and the ethnicity of the East, which she calls “ETHNIC MODERNITY”.
October 2011 Winner
WALTER MENDEZ - THE WALTER COLLECTION
In Fall 2009, Walter created the Walter Collection. The Walter Collection incorporates the principles of haute couture: fashion, quality and fit. Each season’s silhouettes are motivated by the latest European fabrics. Hand beaded tops sewn by artisans, hand worked jackets in the latest novelty fabrics, feminine, beautiful skirts and dresses, perfectly tailored pants and luxurious cashmere sweaters: all with embellishments finely crafted to compliment the fabrics and designs are always a part of the Walter Collection. The Walter Collection only employs and works with the best; from hand-beaded tops sewn by artisans to hand crafted jackets in the latest novelty fabrics, from stunning skirts and dresses exuding the essence of femininity to flawlessly tailored pants and luxurious cashmere sweaters. A natural trait of the Walter Collection is to instill in their garments finely crafted embellishments to compliment the fabrics and designs. Various one-of-a-kind pieces of the Walter Collection go into limited productions, mostly to exclusive clients.