MONTREAL, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) is pleased
to present the Target Emerging Designer Award to Mélissa Nepton. After
intense review by a panel of judges, Mélissa was selected from a group
of five finalists as the grand prize winner during the final
competition hosted last night at Montreal Fashion Week. The Target
Emerging Designer Award is part of the Designers Fund, a joint
initiative of Groupe Sensation Mode and Fondation de la mode de Montréal.
As the grand prize winner, Mélissa will create an apparel collection to
be sold exclusively at Target stores in Quebec in 2014. She will also
receive a $25,000 grant and will be featured in Elle Québec.
"We're proud to announce Mélissa Nepton as the winner of the Target
Emerging Designer Award, which allows up-and-coming fashion designers
the opportunity to kick-start their career in fashion," said John
Morioka, senior vice-president, Merchandising, Target Canada. "Target
is known for its innovative designer partnerships and we look forward
to showcasing Melissa's design throughout Quebec."
Mélissa Nepton was introduced to the fashion world at an early age, as
she watched her mother create theatre costumes and children's clothes.
After studying fashion in Montreal and Paris, Mélissa worked for the
Marie-Claire Group. Her dream of creating her own label came true when
she was cast in the reality TV show La Collection. Soon afterward, Mélissa established her eponymous label.
"I feel so fortunate to receive this award and I look forward to seeing
my passion and dream become a reality when my collection hits Target's
Quebec stores in 2014," said Mélissa. "Target has given me a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase my work."
All five finalists presented three looks at the grand finale. The panel
of judges scored each collection based on visual appearance, style,
communication and marketability.
"Mélissa's collection struck us the moment her first look hit the
stage," explained judge Chantal Durivage, co-president of Groupe
Sensation Mode. "Her collection is creative and unique and is sure to
be a hit with Target's customers in Quebec!"
The panel of judges included Marianne Cobb, vice-president, Marketing,
Canadelle; Denis Desro, editor-in-chief, Fashion, ELLE Québec; Chantal
Durivage, co-president, Groupe Sensation Mode; Annie Horth, fashion
stylist and creative director; and John Morioka, senior vice-president,
Merchandising, Target Canada.
Target plans to open 25 stores across Quebec beginning in fall 2013.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,778
stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. Since
1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants
and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.
For more information about Target's commitment to corporate
responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
Image with caption: "Target is pleased to present the Target Emerging Designer Award to Melissa Nepton. Judges Denis Desro, editor in chief, Fashion, ELLE Québec, Marianne Cobb, vice-president, Marketing, Canadelle and member of the board, Fondation de la mode de Montréal, John Morioka, senior vice-president, Merchandising, Target Canada, Chantal Durivage, co-president, Groupe Sensation Mode and Annie Horth, stylist and creative director, as well as Mitsou Gelinas, Target fashion ambassador, were impressed by the designer's creativity. (CNW Group/Target Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4170_PHOTO_EN_23446.jpg
SOURCE: Target Canada
For further information:
Sébastien Bouchard, Target Communications, 514-207-1098
Target Media Hotline, 612-696-3400