Wataru Tominaga Wins Hyères

In more evidence that minimalism won’t be returning to men’s fashion any time soon, Wataru Tominaga has won the grand prize at the 31st annual Hyères International Festival in the south of France. Envisioned for emerging designers, the title has previously been awarded to Anthony Vaccarello (now the designer of Yves Saint Laurent, following Hedi Slimane’s departure) and Viktor & Rolf.

The Japanese-born British resident, who graduated from Central Saint Martins last year, was one of ten finalists competing for the prize (valued at 15,000 euros), with an additional prize mentoring with Chanel’s specialty ateliers. Tominaga edged out the other finalists with his patchwork robes, constructed volumes, and contrasting colors, drawing comparisons to a young Issey Miyake.