the finalists for 2018’s lvmh prize are here

Nearly half of them are London-based designers.

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16 March 2018, 1:05am

Image courtesy The LVMH Prize

The fifth annual LVMH Prize received over 1,300 applicants from over 90 countries across the world. Competition was, as you can imagine, pretty fierce, but today those 1,300 designers were whittled down to just nine finalists.

The nine were selected from a group of 20 semi-finalists who presented their collections in Paris earlier this month to a jury of 28 international fashion experts, including Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Delphine Arnault.

“The quality and standard of the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize made it difficult for our experts to narrow down the selection,” Delphine said. “As a result, we chose to extend the number of finalists to nine rather than eight, since several of the semi-finalists obtained the same number of votes.”

They include, A-Cold-Wall by Samuel Ross, Botter by Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy by Charles Jeffrey, Doublet by Masayuki Ino, Eckhaus Latta by Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus, Kwaidan Editions by Léa Dickely & Hung La, Ludovic de Saint Sernin by Ludovic de Saint Dernin, Matthew Adams Dolan by Matthew Adams Dolan and Rokh by Rok Hwang.

“This year saw a real diversity of talent”, Delphine added, particularly celebrating the return of Charles Jeffrey Loverboy to the competition after he made the semi-finals in 2017. “The jury will most certainly find it hard to choose a winner among them during the final.”

All of the finalists will present their work at the Fondation Louis Vuitton on Friday 6th June, where the jury will determine the ultimate winner.

This article originally appeared on i-D UK.