Meet Teen Vogue's First-Ever Class of 2022 Generation Next Innovators

The six additional winners are all design students who will showcase their work this month in NYC in partnership with motorola razr.
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For the first time ever, and in partnership with motorola razr, Teen Vogue welcomes a class of six additional winners to our Generation Next program: the Gen Next Innovators. The motorola razr has been a fun fashion staple since its inception, and to continue the brand’s presence and support of the fashion industry, Motorola is joining in on the celebration of emerging designers and celebrating the next wave of designers. Judges reviewed various designs before choosing the six additional winners, the Innovators. Our panel includes the designer and founder of Head of State, Taofeek Abijako; Kith's Chief of Impact, Sharifa Murdock; world-renowned Creative Consultant, Shibon Kennedy; the CEO of Depop, Maria Raga; the designer and founder of abacaxi, Sheena Sood, who is also a past Generation Next winner from our class of 2020; and the founder of Slow Factory, Céline Semaan-Vernon. This talented group will also mentor the 2022 Generation Next winners. 

Over the years, the razr has established itself as a unique fashion statement and culture icon in its own right, and now these talented designers will have the opportunity to capture the appeal of the motorola razr in their own eyes with fashion-forward designs that uniquely integrate the device into prompted design concepts. Overwhelmed by the amount of talent from this year's applicants, Teen Vogue's style team and Editor-in-Chief Versha Sharma couldn't help but add to the list of winners. Each Innovator will receive a generous grant from motorola razr toward their fashion goals and a trip to New York City. On Wednesday, September 28, Teen Vogue and motorola razr will host an event to showcase the Innovators' razr-inspired designs amongst industry insiders, influencers, and celebs to foster new relationships and key networking opportunities.

Sharma adds: "We are so excited to be able to support six more young designers thanks to motorola razr and to celebrate with an event during Fashion Month. These innovators stood out to us with their experimental designs and inventive use of materials, including fabrics, textures, even the incorporation of sculptures. These designers are also defining innovation in a sustainable way with the upcycling of clothing and jewelry, which is so important in this day and age. We're looking forward to seeing where their creativity and careers go next!" 

Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson, actors, changemakers, and motorola razr ambassadors, are thrilled to be involved with Generation Next as well. In a statement, they said, "We’re so excited to be partnering with motorola razr to support the next generation of fashion designers. Embracing uniqueness and individuality are qualities close to us and motorola razr, and having the opportunity to support emerging designers who are innovating with those values in mind has been a memorable experience. We cannot wait to see what they do next!” 

Teen Vogue, in partnership with motorola razr, are pleased to support the very first class of Generation Next Innovators!


Gianna Rosina, 22 | studies Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design 

"I  marry historic period pieces with Sicilian heritage. Using fashion from the past as a guide to create slow and custom pieces for editorials and costume design for film and television. I often work in illustration, acrylic paint, and oil, draping designs as if they are sculptures and use fabric as if it were an artistic medium. As a European living and studying in New York City my work is able to be internationally ubiquitous."

Adela Ramirez, 23 | studies Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Chicago

"I make clothing women can feel invincible in.  Inspired by men's tailoring, my work has silhouettes that include cutouts, fitted waist, and strong shoulders. When creating my looks, I take elements from trench coats and suit jackets to transform them from menswear to womenswear.”

Qianru Zhang, 21 | studies Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design 

"I'm obsessed with reconstructing textures as a presentation of depths and colors. I see fabrics as the strokes that establish visual arts, and the movement of the fabrics as paints that flow over a blank canvas. Femininity has as an unstoppable, and untamable value. My romanticism was born naturally. So is the fluidity that grows from my silhouettes. I'm greatly influenced by Chinese philosophies extracted from Tao Te Ching, Jiangnan Garden design, and traditional Chinese methods including Ancient Chinese dye."

Juliana Heredia, 21 | studies Fashion Design at The Savannah College of Art and Design

“As a fashion designer, she believes that fashion is the outcome of our surroundings. Growing up in a multicultural environment and traveling around the world highly reflects in my work. I also have an interest in sustainability, focusing on timeless embellished upcycled designs. Textile development, dye process, and embroidery are my expertise.”

Justine Gallo, 21 | studies Fashion Design at Kent State University

"I am a senior fashion student at Kent State University studying Fashion Design with supporting minors in marketing, sustainability, and photography. I have a passion for up-cycling and recently began incorporating upcycled jewelry into my garments."

Taylor Paige Garvin, 20 | studies Fashion Design at Pratt Institute 

“I own a clothing brand, Iseder, with my partner Sharon Mishiev. Our brand is everyday wear with a high-end, avant-garde style. Remaining timeless but forever evolving with today's world. We like to play on the idea of different densities coming together through metal and lightweight fabrics.”