check out the 26 designers nominated for the lvmh prize
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, the inimitable Thomas Tait, and runners up Hood by Air and Miuniku, the 26 designers nominated for the second edition of the LVMH Prize will be competing for a €300,000 grant and a year long mentorship by the LVMH team. The next stage is for those shortlisted to meet 45 international experts including Business of Fashion Founder and Editor Imran Ahmed, Style.com's Tim Blanks, photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Juergen Teller, and superbabe Natalia Vodianova. Eight finalists will then be presented to the jury, made up of design mavericks J.W. Anderson, Nicolas Ghuesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisco, alongside Director and executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and director of LVMH sponsorship) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (chairman and chief executive officer of the LVMH fashion division).
"The selection reflects the strong trends of today's fashion. Men's ready-to-wear confirms its creativity, the influence of street wear is bigger than ever, and womenswear is strong. Designers come from all over the world: U.S.A., China, U.K., Belgium, Italy, Japan, Denmark, Ukraine and more. It is the responsibility of the LVMH Group, as the leader of its industry, to identify and support young designers and I am delighted that we can do so with so many talented candidates," says Delphine Arnault.
Amongst the hopefuls are i-D faves Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Faustine Steinmetz, Nasir Mazhar, Ryan Lo and Xiao Li who all present in London, as well as second time nominees Jacquemus, Craig Green and Marques'Almeida.
Xiao Li's autumn/winter 15 moodboard
The winner will be selected in May 2015, check out the full shortlist below…
Agi and Sam, Menswear
Andrea Jiapei Li, Womenswear
Anton Belinskiy, Womenswear
Arthur Arbesser, Womenswear
Astrid Andersen, Menswear
Baja East, "ambisexual"
Craig Green, Menswear
Devon Halfnight LeFlufy, Menswear
Faustine Steinmetz, Womenswear
Huishan Zhang, Womenswear
Nabil Nayal, Womenswear
Nasir Mazhar, Menswear and Womenswear
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, Menswear and Womenswear
Orley, Menswear and Womenswear
Ryan Lo, Womenswear
Ryan Roche, Womenswear
Xiao Li, Womenswear
Photography Angelo Pennetta
Styling Victoria Young