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

Georgie Wright

Ft. Charles Loverboy, Eckhaus Latta and Faustine Steinmetz.

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.

See the full list here:

A-COLD-WALL by Samuel Ross (British designer based in London). Menswear showing in London.
AKIKOAOKI by Akiko Aoki (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear showing in Tokyo.
BOTTER by Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh (Dutch designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.

CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London). Womenswear and menswear showing in London.

DOUBLET by Masayuki Ino (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Tokyo.

ECKHAUS LATTA by Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus (American designers based in New York and Los Angeles). Womenswear and menswear showing in New York.

EDDA by Edda Gimnes (Norwegian designer based in Oslo). Womenswear showing in London.

ERNEST W. BAKER by Reid Baker & Ines Amorim (American and Portuguese designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.

FAUSTINE STEINMETZ by Faustine Steinmetz (French designer based in London). Gender-neutral fashion showing in London.

GMBH by Serhat Isik & Benjamin Alexander Huseby (German and Norwegian designers based in Berlin). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.

KWAIDAN EDITIONS by Léa Dickely & Hung La (French and American-Vietnamese designers based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.

LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN by Ludovic de Saint Sernin (French designer based in Paris). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.

MAGDA BUTRYM by Magdalena Butrym (Polish designer based in Warsaw). Womenswear showing in Paris.

MARTA JAKUBOWSKI by Marta Jakubowski (German designer based in London). Womenswear showing in London.

MATTHEW ADAMS DOLAN by Matthew Adams Dolan (American designer based in New York). Gender-neutral fashion showing in New York.

NIHL by Neil Grotzinger (American designer based in New York). Menswear showing in New York.

OTTOLINGER by Christa Bösch & Cosima Gadient (Swiss designers based in Berlin). Womenswear showing in Paris.

ROKH by Rok Hwang (South Korean designer based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.

SNOW XUE GAO by Snow Gao (Chinese designer based in New York). Womenswear showing in New York.

THE SIRIUS by Younchan Chung (South-Korean designer based in Seoul). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.