The young South African designer, Nicholas Coutts became the winner of this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price. After months of hard work, the judges deliberated and surely had the difficult job of sifting through the entries as the eight finalists showcased their collections on the run-way at the awards show at The Westin in Cape Town last week Thursday where Nicholas Coutts was announced as the winner.
The idea behind the Rising Star Design award is to encourage, identify and nurture young South African fashion design talent and to offer new designers valuable experience to succeed in the competitive fashion world.
The 22-year-old Nicholas Coutts from Cape Town is a final year student at the Design Academy of Fashion in Cape Town. In a recent interview with ELLE, he described his collection as a collection which embraces luxe textures in combination with simple silhouettes. “It’s about contrast in direct opposites. The fabrication and effortless comfort exudes timeless elegance,” he said.
Nicholus coutts, lookbook