LVMH Prize 2018 Announces 20 Designers on Shortlist for Young Fashion Designers

LVMH Prize | Announces Designer Shortlist for 2018

LVMH Prize 2018 Announces 20 Designers on Shortlist for Young Fashion Designers

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BY OBI ANYANWU

The semi-finalists of the LVMH Prize 2018 for Young Fashion Designers are here. Applications for the fifth edition of the competition closed on February 5 and 20 designers from over 10 countries have been shortlisted by the selection committee.

The 20 finalists are A-Cold-Wall by Samuel Ross, Akikoaoki by Akiko Aoki, Botter by Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, Doublet by Masayuki Ino, Eckhaus Latta by Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus, Edda by Edda Gimnes, Ernest W. Baker by Reid Baker and Ines Amorim, Kwaidan Editions by Léa Dickely and Hung La, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Magda Butrym, Marta Jakubowski, Matthew Adams Dolan, Nihl by Neil Grotzinger, Ottolinger by Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient, Rokh by Rok Hwang, Snow Xue Gao, The Sirius by Younchan Chung, and returning finalists Faustine Steinmetz, who was shortlisted in 2015, and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy by Charles Jeffrey and GMBH by Serhat Isik and Benjamin Alexander Huseby from 2017.

“Each year, more young designers from all over the world are inspired by the Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, LVMH Prize founder and EVP of Louis Vuitton. “The designs of the 20 semi-finalists reflect the current trends in fashion, where streetwear is progressing and continues to shape designs that challenge traditional categories, borrowing from menswear and womenswear. With this Prize, LVMH confirms its ongoing commitment to supporting young fashion designers and places the spotlight on tomorrow’s talents.”

Of the finalists, 8 are womenswear designers, 4 are menswear designers, 2 design both womenswear and menswear and 6 design gender-neutral collections. “Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the Prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion,” added Arnault. “Among the 20 brands selected, 6 are headed by design duos. Once more, womenswear is especially well represented, alongside menswear.

The 20 designers will meet 48 international fashion experts, including Carine Roitfeld, Carla Sozzani, Fabien Baron, Alexandre de Betak, Burak Cakmak, Godfrey Deeny, Linda Fargo, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner among others, who will select 8 finalists on March 1-2 in Paris, and the LVMH Prize will be awarded to in June at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. In addition, the Prize for Young Fashion Graduates will award 3 graduates with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to join one of the houses under LVMH for one year.

 

The 2018 finalists are:

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A-Cold-Wall, by Samuel Ross | Menswear

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Akikoaoki, by Akiko Aoki  | Womenswear

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Botter, by Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh  | Menswear

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Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, by Charles Jeffrey  | Womenswear & Menswear

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Doublet, by Masayuki Ino  | Unisex

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Eckhaus Latta, by Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus  | Womenswear & Menswear

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Edda, by Edda Gimnes  | Womenswear

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Ernest W. Baker, by Reid Baker & Ines Amorim  | Menswear

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Faustine Steinmetz, by Faustine Steinmetz  | Unisex

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GmbH, by Serhat Isik & Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Unisex

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Kwaidan Editions, by Léa Dickley & Hung La | Womenswear

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Ludovic de Saint Sernin, by Ludovic de Saint Sernin  | Unisex

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Magda Butrym, by Magdalena Butrym  | Womenswear

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Marta Jakubowski, by Marta Jakubowski  | Womenswear

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Matthew Adams Dolan, by Matthew Adams Dolan  | Unisex

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NIHL, by Neil Grotzinger  | Menswear

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Ottolinger, by Christa Bösch & Cosima Gadient  | Womenswear

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ROKH, by Rok Hwang | Womenswear

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Snow Xue Gao, by Snow Gao  | Womenswear

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The Sirius, by Younchan Chung  | Unisex

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