Zaid Affas, Dyne Win U.S. Woolmark Prize

A model for Dyne presenting to Woolmark judge André Leon Talley.

It’s hard to think about wool when it’s 90 degrees in New York, but the two designers who won last night’s Woolmark Prize assured me that it’s actually a great fabric to wear in July.

British designer Zaid Affas and Portland-based Dyne won the womenswear and menswear Woolmark awards, respectively, last night. The awards honor designers’ use of Australian merino wool, complete with a prize of 70,000 Australian dollars (around $55,550 USD). The two designers will now advance to the global competition, competing to win 200,000 Australian dollars.

Woolmark has long been a champion of emerging design talent. Past Woolmark winners have included a 21-year-old Karl Lagerfeld and 18-year-old Yves Saint Laurent.

Zaid Affas, a four-year-old brand, showed a laminated red wool jacket, sweatshirt, and floor-length wool dress. Dyne, on the opposite end, won with a grey-and-black woolen snowsuit, paired with a (non-wool) snowboard.

Zaid Affas, Dyne Win U.S. Woolmark Prize