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The British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund revealed its five designer strong shortlist for 2013, and the Brits could be divided into two aesthetics: In one corner, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Peter Pilotto have each established themselves as print connoisseurs, delivering imaginative and technically interesting collections each season. And in the other, more minimalist corner, Roksanda Ilincic and Emilia Wickstead, whose prim, monochrome looks frequently get Kate Middleton's endorsement.
But the designers' differing styles doesn't make it any easier to predict the winner, who will be announced in January, and he or she will win a year's worth of mentorship plus nearly $325,000 towards his or her business. As nominee Peter Pilotto recently told Business of Fashion: "Women are so much bolder and willing to experiment with their clothes these days. The beauty of today's wardrobe is being able to pick and choose from everything. A woman can be one day minimal, the next opulent, then wearing vintage—that's the fun of our time."
· BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2013 Shortlist Revealed [Vogue UK]
· Mary Katrantzou Had Money on the Mind for Spring 2013 [Racked]