Needless to introduce the LVMH Young Designer Prize anymore: for the past 5 years, the prize, founded by LVMH, has allowed executive vice-president of Louis Vuitton and member of LVMH’s executive board, Delphine Arnault, and her team of experts to discover, support, and mentor the fashion industry's up-and-coming talents.
Kévin Germanier at the LVMH Young Designer Prize cocktail in Paris. Photo by Amandine Hui Boissy for NOWFASHION.
But where are they now, you ask? The LVMH Young Designer Prize winners have not only received a financial grant and mentorship from the fashion industry's A-list, they are also about to become some of the leading voices in the industry, as they are defining and shaping the fashion industry's next generation of designers.
In fact, most of the grand prize (300 000€ grant) and special prize (150 000€ grant) winners have become true industry fixtures: Marine Serre, Jacquemus, Grace Wales Bonner, and Marques'Almeida, for instance, have seen their careers and business models evolve significantly since winning the prize, being able not only to showcase their collections on fashion week's main schedules, but also to further evolve as designers.
Simon Porte Jacquemus has since launched a menswear line, and Marine Serre has been able to delve into sustainable fashion by developing upcycing and recycling techniques. As for Rok Hwang – the last edition's grand prize winner, founder and head designer of his namesake brand Rokh – he successfully opened this season's women's ready-to-wear shows in Paris. Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, the duo behind the menswear brand Botter, for their part, have introduced their debut womenswear collection for Nina Ricci this season, as the newly appointed creative directors. And as always, the twenty shortlisted LVMH Prize semifinalists who are showcasing their collections at the luxury group's showroom on March 1st and 2nd, 2019, are coming from various backgrounds and cultures – 15 different countries, to be precise – offering an eclectic and boundary-pushing take on women's, men's, and unisex fashion.
The LVMH Young Designer Prize cocktail in Paris. Photos by Amandine Hui Boissy for NOWFASHION.
This 6th edition of the prize features collections from the following designers in the semi-finals: 3.PARADIS by Emeric Tchatchoua (a French designer based in Montreal), ANREALAGE by Kunihiko Morinaga (a Japanese designer based in Tokyo who just showcased his latest womenswear collections during Paris Fashion Week), BETHANY WILLIAMS by Bethany Williams, BODE by Emily Adams Bode (an American designer based in New York), BORAMY VIGUIER by Boramy Viguier, DURAN LANTINK by Duran Lantink, EFTYCHIA by Eftychia Karamolegkou, GERMANIER by Kévin Germanier (a Swiss designer based in Paris), HED MAYNER by Hed Mayner (an Israeli designer based in Tel Aviv). HU by Caroline Hu (a Chinese designer based in New York), KANGHYUK by Kanghyuk Choi and Sanglak Shon (South Korean designers based in Seoul), KIKO KOSTADINOV by Kiko Kostadinov (a Bulgarian designer based in London), KENNETH IZE by Kenneth Izedonmwen (a Nigerian designer based in Lagos), LECAVALIER by Marie-Ève Lecavalier (a Canadian designer based in Montreal), PARIA/FARZANEH by Paria Farzaneh (a British designer based in London), PHIPPS by Spencer Phipps (an American designer based in Paris), RICHARD MALONE by Richard Malone (an Irish designer based in London), STEFAN COOKE by Stefan Cooke & Jake Burt (British designers based in London), SUSAN FANG by Susan Fang (a Chinese designer based in London), THEBE MAGUGU by Thebe Magugu (a South African designer based in Johannesburg).
The LVMH Young Designer Prize (main prize and special prize) will then be awarded by a panel of experts in June 2019 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Last but not least, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Graduates distinguishes three young graduates with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to work for one of the fashion brands of the group for one year. These applications remain open until May 15, 2019 on the lvmhprize.com website.