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
"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
"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 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.
Sébastien Bouchard, Target Communications, 514-207-1098 Target Media Hotline,
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:
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