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LVMH's Young Fashion Designer Prize - The Finalists

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“I started in life like this with a contest, and I think this contest is very interesting. But they are already in business, it’s very different, we were beginners who made sketches!” Karl Lagerfeld – jury member.

We're now just under a month away from the announcement of LVMH's Young Fashion Designer Prize – perhaps one of the most prestigious ‘contests’ in the fashion industry. The prize is only in its second year and is aimed at designers under 40 with the winner receiving both financial support and coaching from the experts at LVMH in areas like IP, advertising and distribution.

The jury is suitably intimidating for a prize of this magnitude so it’s not a competition for the faint hearted, not by any means. Jury members include Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, Carol Lim and Karl Lagerfeld, along with LVMH executives. A roll call of industry heavyweights if ever there was one – if they can’t coach a future fashion star then no one can.

The finalists have been narrowed down to 12 from a 30 strong shortlist and whilst you may not have heard of everyone on the list, names like Simone Rocha and Thomas Tait should ring a bell (or a gong…).

Some of our favourites include:

Gabriele Colangelo, the son of a furrier with history at Versace and Cavalli who uses the highest quality fabrics and experiments with textiles.

Miuniku, a sibling design duo graduates of the London College of Fashion who play with colour, cut and construction.

Simone Rocha, already one of our favourites, who debuted at LFW in 2011 and who brought us the floating Perspex brogue.

Gabriele Colangelo, Miuniku, Simone Rocha

SUNO, who are Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, a truly international label bringing together talent from destinations like Peru, India and New York to bring their creations to life.

Thomas Tait, who won the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010 whose aesthetic is very much minimal, understated structure and clean lines.

Vika Gazinskaya a Russian designer whose creations are always majestic, incorporating luxurious fabrics but ever evolving from season to season.

SUNO, Thomas Tait, Vika Gazinskaya

The full list of finalists is Julien Dossena (ATTO), Chris Gelinas (CG), Gabriele Colangelo, Shayne Oliver (Hood By Air), Simon Porte (Jacquemus), Tina & Nikita Sutradhar (Miuniku), Simone Rocha, Erin Beatty & Max Osterweis (SUNO), Thomas Tait, Tillmann Lauterbach, Vika Gazinskaya, Tim Coppens.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 28th May.


All images from LVMH Prize

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