LVMH Prize Narrows Competition to Eight Final Young Designers

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The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers today narrows its shortlist of finalists to 8 designers. The presitigious honor will be awarded by industry experts on June 16, following presentations in Paris March 2 and 3. Below, a quick recap of each of the finalists.

Ambush – Based in Tokyo, Ambush is a Korean-American designer of unisex clothing with a rebellious, streetwear aesthetic. Follow @ambush_official.

Atlein – A French, Paris-based designer of womenswear with a casually ultramodern sensibility. Follow @atleinparis.

Cecilie Bahnsen – Danish, based in Copenhagen, Bahnsen designs womenswear with ruffly, Victorian vibes. Follow @ceciliebahnsen.

Jahnkoy – is a menswear brand by Russian designer Maria Kazakova, based in New York City. The clothes are very street style/ athleisure with bright prints and patterns. Follow @jahnk0y.

Kozaburo – helmed by Kozaburo Akasaka, a Japanese designer in New York, Kozaburo creates menswear with a sort of 70s punk sensibility. Follow @kozaburoakasaka.

Marine Serre – a French designer in Paris, Serre makes womenswear that plays with whimsical patterns and colors. Follow @marine.serre.

Molly Goddard – Goddard is a British designer in London designing womenswear with wild ruffles and groundbreaking silhouettes. Follow @mollymgoddard.

Nabil Nayal – Also a Brit in London designing womenswear, Nayal’s work is architectural yet feminine, completely different from any of the other designers we’ve seen. Follow @nabilnayal.

Palomo Spain and Molly Goddard Among LVMH Prize Finalists

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Palomo Spain, our favorite show at New York Men’s Week, is garnering attention from more than just us – they’ve been announced as one of 21 finalists for the presitigous LVMH Prize for new designers, presented by the fashion behemoth LVMH since 2014.

Just a refresher:

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Other finalists announced include British womenswear designer Molly Goddard:

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and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, the club-kid inspired designer responsible for such amazing looks as this:

The winner of the award will be announced June 16 in Paris by a judging committee that includes fashion legends like Karl Lagerfeld, Maria Grazia Chiuri, J.W. Anderson.

The full list of 21 finalists:

ABASI ROSBOROUGH by Greg Rosborough (American designer based in New York). Menswear, showing in New York.

AMBUSH by Yoon Ahn (American designer based in Tokyo). Unisex collections, showing in New York.

ANGUS CHIANG by Angus Chiang (Taiwanese designer based in Taiwan). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.

ATLEIN by Antonin Tron (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

BLINDNESS by JiSun Park (Korean designer based in Seoul). Menswear, showing in Paris.

CECILIE BAHNSEN by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen). Womenswear, showing in Copenhagen.

CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

DANIEL W. FLETCHER by Daniel Fletcher (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

DILARA FINDIKOGLU by Dilara Findikoglu (Turkish designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.

GMBH by Serhat Isik (German collective based in Berlin). Unisex collections, showing in Berlin.

JAHNKOY by Maria Kazakova (Russian designer based in New York). Menswear, showing in New York.

KATHERINE MAVRIDIS by Katherine Mavridis (Australian designer based in New York). Womenswear, showing in New York.

KOZABURO by Kozaburo Akasaka (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.

MAGGIE MARILYN by Maggie Hewitt (New Zealand designer based in Auckland). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

MARINE SERRE by Marine Serre (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

MARTINE ROSE STUDIOS LIMITED by Martine Rose (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

MOLLY GODDARD by Molly Goddard (British designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.

NABIL NAYAL by Nabil el Nayal (British designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.

PALOMO SPAIN by Alejandro Gomez Palomo (Spanish designer based in Cordoba). Menswear, showing in New York.

RICHARD MALONE by Richard Malone (Irish designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.

SULVAM by Teppei Fujita (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.


Who Are the Eight Finalists for the LVMH Prize?

We’ve been following the LVMH prize as the pool of potential winners is narrowed down. See here to learn about the original 26 shortlisted candidates. Here are the eight who will continue to the last round:

· Arthur Arbesser, by Arthur Arbesser (Austrian designer based in Milan) Womenswear presented in Milan.

· Coperni, by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant (French designers based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

· Craig Green, by Craig Green (British designer based in London). Menswear presented in London.

· Faustine Steinmetz, by Faustine Steinmetz (French designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

· Jacquemus, by Simon Porte Jacquemus (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

· Marques’ Almeida, by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida (Portuguese designers based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

· Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, by Virgil Abloh (American designer based in Milan). Menswear and Womenswear presented in Paris.

· Vetements, by Demna Gvasali (German designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

This years finalists represent a wide geographic range–they are from France, Great Britain, Portugal, Austria and the United States of America. “Two of them design menswear (Craig Green and Virgil Abloh). One had already been a finalist last year (Jacquemus). Two of them were shortlisted, but had not managed to reach that level of the competition (Craig Green and Marques Almeida),” the press release noted.

Of these eight finalists, a winner will be selected on May 22nd at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.



iWatch Out! Apple Closer to Aesthetically Pleasing Wearable Tech?

Tag Heuer Gentlemen’s 2000 Series Chronograph Bracelet Watch

iWatch out! It’s coming, and chances are it’ll look pretty good, especially now that Apple has not just one fashion exec on board, but two. Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts made the switch from fashion to tech this year, and now LVMH’s Patrick Pruniaux is jumping ship from Tag Heuer and joining up forces with Apple as well. No word on Pruniaux’s title just yet, but here’s hoping Apple uses Pruniaux and Ahrendts’ elevated aesthetic abilities when designing wearable tech moving forward (cough Google Glass cough).

Frank Gehry-Designed Foundation Louis Vuitton Sets Opening Date

On October 27, 2014, the Foundation Louis Vuitton will open its doors in Paris to the public, offering on view the works of contemporary artists, the architectural designs of Frank Gehry, and the verdant surroundings of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.

1-Fondation Louis Vuitton @ Iwan Baan, 2014

LVMH’s Bernard Arnault commissioned the Gehry-designed structure and foundation, and its first exhibition will feature a project designed specifically for the foundation by its architect. The exhibition will run concurrently with Gehry’s first European retrospective, held at the Centre Pompidou.

Images courtesy of the Foundation Louis Vuitton

STYLE SCOOP: LVMH Invests in Marco de Vincenzo

LVMH picked up Roman designer Marco de Vincenzo for its roster, adding to the names of buzzy younger designers getting backing from big groups — LVMH has J.W. Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood in its stable, and Kering’s been doing it too, just think of Christopher Kane and Altuzarra. de Vincenzo spend time at Fendi sharpening his design skills, and his own line is known for his sporty-meets-sophisticate aesthetic and vast fabric research. Someone to watch…

STYLE SCOOP: LVMH Names Prize Finalists, Emerging Designer CG Among Them

The 30 LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize finalists have been named, and a winner will be announced in just a few weeks. That winner will receive 300,000 euros and a year of coaching. So who’s in the running? For one, BlackBook’s emerging designer CG by Chris Gelinascongrats Chris! —  and 29 others:

Anna October, Julie Paskal, Orange Culture by Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Simone Rocha, Thomas Tait, Meadham Kirchoff, Marques’ Almeida, J JS Lee, Maki Oh by Amaka Osakwe, Miuniku by sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Kathleen Kye, Vika Gazinskaya, Creatures of the Wind by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters; Bruno Pieters of Honest by,  Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air, Tim Coppens,  Suno by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Julien Dossena for Atto, Jacquemus by Simon Porte Jacquemus, Tillmann Lauterbach, Yang Li, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green and Ostwald Helgason’s Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason, Gabriele Colangelo and Stella Maria Jean Novarino, Minju Kim and Lena Lumelsky, and Hellen van Rees.

On February 26 and 27 the finalists will show a committee eight looks from their recent collections. We’re watching, kids.

Every Week is Fashion Week: Fashion News You Need to Know

Heading to drinks at Gottino tonight? Before ordering a glass of red, brush up on the recent happenings in the world of fashion. 

Luxury conglomerate LVMH went on a spending spree, plunking down a chunk of cash for a stake in London label J.W. Anderson. It was announced that beyond his eponymous collection duties, the man behind the label will head up design at Spanish leather brand Loewe, also in the LVMH stable.

Speaking of LVMH, even if we haven’t had enough of Marc Jacobs (more nail polish and shirts as dresses, please…) Louis Vuitton might be ready to say au revoir to their American in Paris. Jacobs’ contract with the brand is up at the end of October, though no announcements have been made just yet.

Menswear has been on the upward path these past few years, and a new fashion fund won’t hurt. A 200,000 euro prize will be awarded to the new British Fashion Council/GQ Designer Menswear Fund winner come announcement time.

Ready for holiday shopping? Barney’s announced its specialty holiday shop in store will feature collaborations and curations by Jay Z, to be called "A New York Holiday".

Seems like an aesthetically ideal match: M.I.A. apparently has a collab with Versace coming out very shortly.

In Paris? Stop by the Azzedine Alaia retrospective at the Galliera Palace. It’s like a totally important designer!


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Hermès Resists LVMH

In October it was reported that LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault (pictured) had aquired a 17% stake in Hermès, which inevitably led to speculation that LVMH would soon try to acquire more stock even though the majority of the company is still owned by the Hermès family. But Hermès is resisting, and refusing to let LVMH gain any more equity, with members of the Hermès family stating publicly that that they do not consider Arnault’s involvement in their company friendly.

Now Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that the founding family is setting up a private holding company that will own more than half of the Hermès shares. This will allow Hermès family members the freedom to sell their stock, which amounts to 73% of the iconic brand, without worrying that LVMH will purchase the shares and eventually buy the family out. The family, with over 60 members involved, is said to all be on board.