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!