Meet LVMH’s Prize Semi-Finalists


Luxury giant Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton launched an international competition young designers with the fashion industry’s biggest names selecting the winner.

It must be said, with such access to powerhouse brands, this was brilliant on the part of LVMH. “We thought, ‘Who better than the designers of the group to elect the young fashion designer of tomorrow?” Delphine Arnault said of the initiative. “The aim of this prize is to discover talents that are unknown, and also, to create a surprise.”

There are 30 semifinalists vying to be the very first to win the prize: a grant of 300,000 euros or $405, 750, plus a year of coaching. “It was really hard to do a short list of 30,” Arnault told Women’s Wear Daily. “I was really amazed at the number of applicants and the quality of dossiers we received.”

WWD also reported the company would fly all 30 contenders to the French capital on Feb. 26th and 27th to display eight looks from their recent collections in the auditorium at LVMH headquarters on Avenue Montaigne narrowing the pool to 10 contestants who will present to a jury of Karl LagerfeldMarc JacobsNicolas GhesquièreRaf Simons,Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci who will choose the winner.

Now drum roll, please… Here are the finalists:

Anna October (Ukraine)
Atto (Paris)
CG by Chris Gelinas (New York)
Christopher Shannon (London)
Craig Green (London)
Creatures of the Wind (New York)
Gabriele Colangelo (Italy)
Hellen Van Rees (The Netherlands)
Honest by (New York)
Hood by Air (New York)
J. JS Lee (London)
Jacquemus (Paris)
Kye (Seoul)
Lena Lumerlsky (Antwerp)
Maki Oh (Nigeria)
Marques’ Almeida (London)
Meadham Kirchhoff (London)
Minju Kim (Antwerp)
Miuniku (India)
Orange Culture (Nigeria)
Ostwald Helgason (London)
Paskal (Ukraine)
Simone Rocha (London)
Stella Jean (Italy)
Suno (New York)
Thomas Tait (London)
Tillmann Lauterbach (Paris)
Tim Coppens (New York)
Vika Gazinskaya (Moscow)