The LVMH Prize semifinalists presentation at Paris Fashion Week
Karl Lagerfeld, Kanye West, Miroslava Duma and more
26 hopeful young designers assembled at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton headquarters last night to set up displays of their respective fashion designs, in the hope of securing a spot as one of the eight finalists in the LVMH Prize competition, which will see the winner walk away with 300,000 euros and a year of mentorship from some of the group's esteemed brands.
Despite the undercurrent of competition, a mood of camaraderie abounded and a great sense of humour cropped up here and there in designs that included toungue-in-cheek messages such as; ‘poor but cool’ seen on a sweater by Anton Belinskiy (pictured above) – the only designer in the semifinalists line-up from Post-Soviet states, from the Ukraine. Buro 24/7’s own founder, Russian style icon, Miroslava Duma, turned out in support of the young designer.
45 experts will cast their votes to find the eight finalists, following last night's presentations, and the final eight will face further scrutiny from the appointed jury, which this year sees Jonathan Anderson join Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci and Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Karl Lagerfeld and Kanye West
Karl Lagerfeld and LVMH Prize founder Delphine Arnault