LVMH reveals 12 finalists for Young Fashion Designer Prize
With €300,000 going to the winning name
Ranging from established names to up-and-coming labels, 30 talented designers were selected to compete in the LVMH Fashion Prize, in which one lucky designer will win €300,000 and a year of business coaching.
Now, that number has been slashed down to 12, with designers Atto by Julien Dossena, CG by Chris Gelinas, Gabriele Colangelo, Shayne Oliver's Hood by Air, Jacquemus by Simon Porte Jacquemus, Miuniku by Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Thomas Tait, Tillmann Lauterbach, Tim Coppens, Simone Rocha, Suno by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, and Vika Gazinskaya, set to battle it out for the coveted number one spot.
The 40-strong panel of judges made up of stylists, artists, corporate executives at Style.com, Vogue, Dover Street Market, and Net-a-Porter, as well as Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Marc Jacobs, were initially meant to select 10 finalists – however during the presentation at Paris Fashion Week, the team simply couldn't make a decision on that number. "When we compiled the votes, four designers all had the same amount, so we let 12 in. I think it's good," said Delphine Arnault, LVMH's Executive Vice President, who is leading the initiative.
The 12 selected designers will present their Autumn/Winter 15 collections to the panel at the LVMH headquarters, in Paris, on May 28.