LVMH – the fashion consortium with a roster of over 75 exceptional houses in the categories of fashion and leather goods, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, wine and spirits and selective retailing and most recently in the news for spearheading FENTY along with power musician Rihanna – also helms the LVMH Prize, a unique opportunity for young fashion designers to showcase their talent to the world.
The Prize was launched in November 2013, backed by the LVMH Foundation‘s passion to support and honour young fashion designers from around the world. The competition is open to designers from all over the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under the age of 40 with a total of four designers bagging the prestigious prize – one designer and three graduates from fashion schools.
The 2019 edition saw a panel of internationally renowned fashion experts who sat on the jury of the Prize. The top finalists presented their collections at the Showroom, during Paris Fashion Week in March 2019. Some of the jury members included international fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni, Imran Ahmed – founder and editor at Business of Fashion, Glenda Bailey – the editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US, fashion journalist Derek Blasberg and Burak Cakmak – the Dean at the School of Fashion, Parsons School of Design, London.
The top eight shortlisted designers for LVMH included Emily Adams Bode of BODE, Bethany Williams of BETHANY WILLIAMS, Hed Mayner of HED MAYNER, Thebe Magugu of THEBE MAGUGU, Kenneth Izedonmwen of KENNETH IZE Spencer Phipps of PHIPPS, Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt of STEFAN COOKE and Kunihiko Morinaga of ANREALAGE.
While you can read more on these top eight finalists here, what is particularly exciting is that a capsule collection from each of these unique and exceptionally talented designers will soon be available to shop at 24S (24 Sevres) – the ultimate Parisian fashion destination for luxe fashion and exclusive international collaborations.
24 Sevres will work with each of the designers to launch a capsule collection that imbibes each brand’s core values. We love ANREALAGE’s coat that is made from over 500 different fabrics, a stunning pair of bottoms from BETHANY WILLIAMS that is made from recycled materials and plastic waste in a drug rehabilitation centre in Italy – a complete story in itself! Duran Lantinkyo’s idea of high-end upcycling is beautifully converted into a coat made with original pieces by Burberry, Koche, Stone Island and a vintage Dior skirt all merged together in suave fashion!
LVMH has declared September 8th 2019 as the day each of these finalists will present their collections to the jury but in the meantime, we are content with feasting our eyes on the fashion spectacle the designers are cooking up.
-Written by Soha Joshi