Hyères Announces Juries And Finalists Of The 36th International Festival Of Fashion, Photography And Fashion Accessories

Hyères Taps Louise Trotter, Christian Louboutin And Dominique Issermann As Jury Heads

Louise Trotter

Hyères reveals the jury and finalists for The 36th edition of the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion accessories. Louise Trotter, creative director of Lacoste will oversee the fashion jury, renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin will chair the jury for the festival’s accessories prize, and photographer Dominique Issermann leads the photography prize.

Jean-Pierre Blanc, founder and the director of Hyères has chosen Pascale Mussard to preside over this year’s festival. The event has been a launchpad for various accomplished fashion designers, including Viktor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello, Paco Rabanne’s Julien Dossena, and Dutch design duo Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, who were named creative directors of Nina Ricci months after winning in 2018.

Lead by Trotter, the jury for the fashion category is a mix of emerging and established creatives known for nurturing young talent. Among this year’s members, which has yet to be finalized, are artist William Farr, upcycled sneaker designer Helen Kirkum; singer Steve Lacy; Alfredo Canducci, founder of incubator System Preferences; fashion director for M le Monde Suzanne Koller, creative director for Tiffany & Co. Ruba Abu-Nimah, and Belgian designer Tom Van Der Borght, winner of the Première Vision Grand Prize at Hyères last year.

The 10 finalists composed of 5 nationalities competing for ‘Première Vision Grand Prize; the 19M Chanel Métiers d’Art prize’, ‘the Chloé prize’ and a new award the ‘Mercedes-Benz Sustainability prize’ are: Adeline Rappaz (Switzerland); Arttu Afeldt, Sofia Ilmonen and Venia Elonsalo (all from Finland); Elina Silina and Laima Lurca (both from Latvia); Ifeanyi Okwadi (U.K.); Mateo Velasquez (Colombia); Mengche Chiang (Taiwan), and Rukpong Raimaturapong (Thailand). 

Christian Louboutin

Lead by Christian Louboutin, the accessories jury will include Paula Amorim, founder of Lisbon-based Amorim Luxury Group; artist Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda; French DJ and performer Corine; jewelry designer Zuleika Penniman; Suzanne von Aichinger, director of the photography department at Christian Louboutin, and Ddiddue and Juana Etcheberry, fashion and accessories designers for Ordiap and winners of the main accessories award at the festival in 2020.

For the festivals accessory prize, Louboutin said he paired down upwards of 80 candidates to arrive at the 10 finalists. The competitors for the ‘Grand Prix of the Jury Acessoires de Mode’ and the ‘Hermès fashion accessories prize’ are Rayna Amuro (Japan), Benjamin Spencer (United States) and Agathe Campet, Lou Chartes, Mathilde Heintz, Capucine Huget, Manon Marcelot, Ferdinand Martin, Violette Stehli, and Yann Tosser-Roussey, (all from France).

Louboutin stated that jewelry has been highlighted as a strong and popular category among the competition this year, also citing the importance of eco-friendly — “or at least eco-concerned” — approaches across the board, along with recycling and genderless concepts. Recycled plastic emerged as a popular material employed across a range of categories, with entrants creating everything from hats and handbags to shoes, jewelry and eyewear.

Dominique Issermann

For the photography prize, Issermann appointed model agent Didier Fernandez; director Yves-Noël Genod; photographers Ollivier Hersart and Guanyu Xu; photography operator David Martin and model and director Anne Rohart.

The finalists competing for the ‘Grand Prix of the Photography Jury’ sponsored by Chanel and the ‘American Vintage Photography prize’ are Ella Bats, Emma Charrin et Olivier Muller, Gabriel Dia, and Ulrich Lebeuf, all from France, Thomas Nondh Jansen, from The Netherlands, Pitchaya Koowattanataworn from Thailand, Anna Muller and Sergei Pavlov, both from Russia and Red Rubber Road from Spain.

Several prizes are awarded to the competing designers thanks to grants provided by the festival’s partners who commit, together with the festival, to provide long term support. Practical assistance is provided from stage selection through a period of two years after winning in various different domains: financing, production, workmanship, materials, production, legal, media, exhibitions, workshops and residencies. The 2021 partners of the Festival include: Chanel, le 19M, Première Vision, LVMH, Chloé, Hermès, Mercedes-Benz, American Vintage, la Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, le D.fi Media Group and more.

The festival is acknowledged as the oldest fashion competition aimed at young professionals. Since 1986, the festival has promoted and supported young international fashion design, adding categories throughout the years to include emerging photographers and young fashion accessory designers.

Hyères’ 36th edition of the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion accessories will take place between October 14 – 17 at the villa Noailles. The exhibitions will be open to the public until January 2022.