“Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial production process,” explained Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. "His designs are flattering, feminine and sexy, a modern interpretation of wool.” Besides her, the judging panel including Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg and Tim Blanks selected the winner. After a global search spanning 12 months, reaching across 16 countries and involving more than 70 designers, six finalists representing Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA competed for the final international prize. Christian Wijnants’ capsule Merino wool collection featured at the awards was based on the simple idea of starting from a single white yarn and to explore all its potential. The designer worked with one type of yarn in 100% Merino Wool, on seamless garments, knitted in one piece.