12 Contestants Move Forward Towards LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize


… and then there were 12.

The semifinalists vying for the inaugural Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Young Fashion Designer Prize just whittled down from 200,000 applicants to 30 semifinalists and are now just 12 designers competing for $415,900 and a year of coaching.

CG by Chris Gelinas, Gabriele Colangelo, Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Miuniku by sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Thomas Tait, Tillmann Lauterbach, Tim Coppens, Simone Rocha, Suno by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Vika Gazinskaya, and Julien Dossena for his brand Atto will all meet in Paris on May 28th to present their collections to a panel of judges including Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons,Phoebe Philo, Riccardo TisciHumberto Leon and Carol Lim.

The plan was to send 10 contestants to the next round but a four-way tie bumped the number to 12, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting.

“It was so hard for them to make a choice because they were all so talented,” Delphine Arnault told WWD. “There are some that are dressier, some that are more casual, some that are more sporty, it’s a very good mix. I think it’s a really exciting list, and it reflects a variety of talents. It’s going to be interesting to hear the deliberations.”

We can’t wait to see who comes out on top!