Fourteen years ago, Russian-born Marina Afonina started out as an intern at Harper’s BAZAAR Australia. Today, she’s creating fashion that appears within the publication’s glossy pages. Fashion that on Wednesday earned her the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award at the BT Runway 2018 event.
Afonina’s luxury resort wear label, Albus Lumen, was awarded the prestigious accolade by a panel of industry experts, including Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia and Australian Fashion Council Board Director, Edwina McCann. With the award came a $10,000 cash grant and two years of financial planning from BT, along with a slew of other prizes.
Speaking to Mamamia, Afonina said the announcement brought on a mixture of emotions.
“It was unexpected, overwhelming but also exciting. It was an honour to receive the award, and I am incredibly grateful,” the former stylist said.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for us to take the brand further globally and locally here in Australia.”