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ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards Finalists Are Announced!

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The inaugural year of the ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards design competition, sponsored by the Accessories Magazine  fashion magazine and Preciosa, brought incredible results in the form of submitted pieces from student artists this past March.  And, our expert panel of judges has now picked the six finalists!

The competition brought together talented design students from the prestigious FIT school (Fashion Institute of Technology) and prominent experts from the fashion industry, who became their mentors and advisors.  Each student chose one of the five major trends from the Accessories Magazine Fall/Winter 2014/15 webinar forecast as inspiration for his/her jewelry design.  Ten students qualified for the next round of the competition, and each was then paired with a mentor.  The main task of the mentors was to help the students take their concepts to a professional level, thus creating a product design for "real customer".  At the same time the teams had to strike a balance between market demands and the students’ artistic originality. From among the group of ten students the  panel of retail judges* picked the six best designs for the final round. 

The finalists are (in alphabetical order): 

• Alexia Innis/Tanya Creations 

• Keelin Brett/Ali-Kahn Designs 

• MinJin Lee/The NES Group

• Rose Jane Tan Basa/Gerard Yosca

• Roselle Raabe/Robert Rose

• Yu-Chieh Ko/Ben-Amun

These six finalist/mentor teams go on to the second round where each team creates three jewelry samples from the sketch.  The finished product samples will be submitted to FIT on Tuesday, April 29th. During the second round of judging the winning design and a runner-up will be selected.  All of the product samples will be on display on May 7th at the charitable Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball (FABB) in New York which is frequented by the fashion industry’s elite.  The gala evening will also bring the culmination of the ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards with the announcement of the winner and runner-up of this annual competition.

 * Retail judges represented a broad variety of stores and pricepoints, including: Macy’s, Bebe, Piperlime, Charming Charlie, Irresistibles, Payless, Boscov’s, Century 21, Steinmart, Christopher & Banks, Dressbarn. The retailers voted solely on the sketch and trendboard submissions and were unaware of who the industry mentors were. 

The 6 ICE Finalists – Their Sketches and Inspiration Boards

Designer: Alexia Innis      
Trend: Dark Star
Mentor: Tanya Creations


Designer: Keelin Brett
Trend: Dark Star
Mentor: Ali-Kahn Designs


Designer: MinJin Lee
Trend: Gypsy Traveler
Mentor: The NES Group

Designer: Rose Jane Tan Basa
Trend: Pop Idol
Mentor: Gerard Yosca


Designer: Roselle Raabe
Trend: Gypsy Traveler
Mentor: Robert Rose


Designer: Yu-Chieh Ko
Trend: Dark Star
Mentor: Ben-Amun


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