Jonathan Anderson joins LVMH Prize Jury
Alongside Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière and others...
The LVMH Prize has added Jonathan Anderson to its jury panel of nine creatives from accross the groups luxury fashion labels, for the awards' sophomore year. Striving to hand-pick new talent and elevate them on the global fashion stage the awards continue to generate momentum and buzz.
The 30 year old Irish designer founded his eponymous label – J.W. Anderson – in 2008 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fashion stardom with a unique design aesthetic that offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity.
Anderson, who is also the creative director of Loewe, joins Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci to select the second recipient of this valued award, which comes with a cash prize of 300,000 euros and a priceless year of coaching from executives at LVMH.
The inaugural year of the awards saw 1,222 designers enter the ballot, which is open to all designers under 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of men's or women's ready-to-wear. Canadian designer Thomas Tait, who is based in London, had the edge on the competition and scooped the top prize.
Of his big win, Tait said the prize money went to "making sure that I can accept all of the orders that I want to accept." Tait also noted he would also relaunch his website this year, with a view to using it as an e-commerce platform in the near future.
Last years' special prize winner – Shayne Oliver – who founded the Hood by Air brand, speaks of the benefits that the prize recognition has afforded his brand "Our voice went from claiming luxury through our ideas to becoming a luxury business in the eyes of LVMH and the world."
Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and daughter of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault, is the driving force behind the award scheme. Delphine takes her role as a key talent scout at the luxury brand company seriously and sees the prize as an ideal platform to discover and support emerging fashion talent. She also joins Anderson on the judging panel.
Hopeful designers have until February 8 to submit their candidacy for the prize, which is unique in its global scope, online-only registration and nomination process. The winner will be revealed in June...