Eight finalists (below) selected from 40 of the world's most respected design schools competed in a fashion show for the 2016 H&M Design Award in London on Monday. Each finalist presented four looks to an international jury that included actress Kate Bosworth, photographer Nick Knight, and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, in hopes of winning a one-year mentorship from H&M, a monetary prize, and the opportunity to sell their collection in select H&M stores and online next fall.
Despite some serious competition at the hands of talented students from all over the world, it was Londoner Hannah Jinkins, 24, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art whose collection (pictured at top) came out on top.
"I feel very honored and proud to have won the H&M Design Award. When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional," Jinkins says in a statement. "I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream."
According to a release from the brand, Jinkins's collection "created a balance between tough fabrics like raw denim and inner linings of silk. Her silhouettes are oversized yet feminine, showing a real understanding of the female body."
"Hannah is amazing. She has her own unique vision. She has such strong energy, she's modern, young and really knows what she wants," Rousteing says. "She works with a tough fabric, yet somehow manages to make it sexy and glamorous at the same time."
See more of her winning designs at designaward.hm.com