the shortlist for the lvmh best young designer prize has just been announced

Ft. Charles Loverboy, Eckhaus Latta and Faustine Steinmetz.

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20 February 2018, 10:39pm

With past winners including i-D favourites Marques’Almeida, Jacquemus and Wales Bonner, The LVMH Prize is something that any young design talent would be keen to get their hands on. That’s before you even factor in the actual prize itself: 300,000 euros and 12 months of technical and financial support for your brand.

After 1,300 plus applications from over 90 countries, a shortlist of 20 has been announced. And what a deserving shortlist it is. This year, notable entries include beloved Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, eternal cool kids Eckhaus Latta and master of (de)construction Faustine Steinmetz.

Also notable is the increase in gender-neutral lines. As selection committee head Delphine Arnault said, “Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the Prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion.” This year, the shortlist includes eight womenswear designers, four menswear designers, six gender-neutral designers and two designers that create both womenswear and menswear.

Next, the shortlist will all fly to Paris to meet a very distinguished jury and panel of experts, including but definitely not limited to: Haider Ackermann, Jonathan Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Tim Blanks, Suzy Menkes, Susie Lau, plus models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Phewf, no pressure.

From this, eight finalists will be chosen, before a winner is announced in June. *Tim Gunn voice* Make it work, designers.

This article originally appeared on i-D UK.