A short list of designers have been tapped for the LVMH Prize For Young Fashion Designers for 2017. The fourth edition of the program resulted in approximately 1,200 candidates from 90 countries.
Narrowed to 21 candidates by the selection committee, the group has been invited to meet with LVMH Prize’s international fashion experts, comprising journalists, stylists and buyers, who will pick eight finalists during a presentationm which will take place on March 2nd and 3rd in Paris.
The top LVMH Prize will be awarded by the jury (J.W. Anderson, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Delphine Arnault, Jean Paul Claverie and Pierre Yves Roussel) on June 16, 2017 at the Foundation Louis Vuitton.
Check out recent work by the designers and labels below, as well as short bios of the designers.
Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough are American designers of Nigerian and Scottish origin, based in New York City.
Yoon Ahn is the visual director of Ambush, an experimental line of jewelry and apparel she launched with her husband, Verbal, in 2008. Raised in the United States, she pursued studies in graphic design in Boston before moving to Tokyo where she developed the DNA for Ambush.
Angus Chiang is a contemporary menswear label established in 2015 that showcases designs inspired by Taiwanese culture.
Born in Paris in 1984, Antonin Tron studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and apprenticed with Raf Simons. Upon graduation in 2008, Tron returned to Paris and joined the studios of Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, before establishing Atlein in March 2016.
In 2015, JiSun joined Blindness and turned it into a menswear brand. Kyu Yong studied fashion in Seoul and JiSun’s major was furniture design. They each have different perspectives. Theirs opinions are combined into a single theme to create Blindness collections.
Cecilie Bahnsen is a womenswear label by the same name Danish designer. With a master of arts from the Royal College of Art, London, and after working for some of the best international brands, Bahnsen launched her eponymous label in 2015.
Glaswegian designer, illustrator and radical creative Charles Jeffrey, 26, has been hailed by Dazed as “the ringleader of London’s next generation of club kids.” His brand Loverboy encompasses a fashion label and a cult club night, each informing the other.
Daniel W. Fletcher is a London-based contemporary menswear brand, established in 2015 after Daniel Fletcher graduated from Central Saint Martins and his collection was bought by Opening Ceremony.
Dilara Findikoglu is a London-based designer of Turkish origin. The Central St Martins graduate’s rebellious nature first came to light when in lieu of a press show, she held her own guerrilla catwalk to much admiration from the International fashion press.
GmbH was initiated by Isik and Huseby in 2016 in Berlin. GmbH, is the legal term of any corporation in Germany, equivalent to Inc. or Ltd. Community and collaboration is integral to GmbH’s work method. GmbH is a corporation, but also a family.
Born and raised in Siberia, Jahnkoy, is a New York based visual artist, whose work is based on the examination of consumer habits with an emphasis on crafts and materials and a focus on the preservation of tradition through sustainability.
Katherine Mavridis is an Australian knitwear designer based in New York City. Shortly after completing her undergraduate fashion and textile design studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Mavridis was awarded a scholarship in recognition of her design talent to attend the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at Parsons, New York City.
Originally from Japan, born and raised in Tokyo, Kozaburo Akasaka traveled to London to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He then gained professional experiences with prestigious designers in New York such as Thom Browne. He became convinced on the necessity to develop his personal aesthetic style in apparel. As a result, he joined the MFA degree at Parsons for fashion design for his postgraduate program. His work during the first year of the program led him to win VFiles runway for spring 2016.
With a combination of strong tailoring and youthful charm, the Maggie Marilyn collections are delivered with a real sense of confidence and modern luxury. At 22, Maggie is determined to not only make clothes for living beautifully, but to also make a change for good in an industry that itself is reflecting on constant speculation regarding its ethical and environmental footprint.
Marine Serre is a young French-Belgian designer who graduated in June, 2016 with highest honors from La Cambre Mode Belgian Fashion Design Academy, with her collection Radical Call for Love, which combines 19th century Arab luxurious garments with corporate sportswear trends of the ’90s and ’00s, and projects the result in a futurist oriented fashion.
Originally beginning as a menswear label, British Martine Rose showcased her debut collection of ten shirts at Blacks private members club in Soho in 2007. The offerings caught the eye of Fashion East’s Lulu Kennedy, who supported her for an installation at the first menswear day on the London Fashion Week schedule.
Londoner Molly Goddard specializes in traditional hand-craft techniques such as hand pleating, smocking and crocheting. Her collections are held in some of the most prestigious stockists worldwide including Dover Street Market, Trading Museum Comme des Garcons, Browns, Boon the Shop and Club 21 and won the Fashion Awards Emerging Talent honor in 2016.
Nabil El-Nayal, the designer behind ready-to-wear brand Nabil Nayal, was born in Syria and moved to England at the age of 14. He went on to win many prestigious awards including the Royal Society of Arts Award, the Graduate Fashion Week best womenswear award and the British Fashion Council MA Scholarship Award; enabling him to study at the Royal College of Art.
Palomo was born in spring 2015 after presenting a collection that reflected the origins of an 18-year old boy from southern Spain who decided to leave home with the not so small dream of becoming a recognized fashion designer.
Richard Malone is an Irish designer living and working in London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014. Malone’s 12-look graduate collection opened the year’s press show and was awarded the Deutsche Bank award for fashion. Malone debuted on the official London fashion week schedule with Fashion East in September 2015.
Sulvam was founded by Teppei Fujita in 2014. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion College, backed by a lengthy collaboration with the Yohji Yamamoto Maison, Teppei rapidly earned the acclaim of international members of the trade, first winning the Tokyo Fashion Award in 2014 and later awarded the Vogue Who is on Next? Dubai prize in 2015.