The list of finalists for this year's Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH Prize is in. Our friends over at Vogue revealed the names of 8 designers who have been named as finalists for the third annual LVMH Prize, an award set up in 2014 that grants a young fashion designer €300,000 and a year of mentorship from executives at the luxury conglomerate. The list of finalists (which represents the second round of selection amongst the self-nominated designers) boasts a selection of designers from all over the world. Meet them below …
Finnish, Parisian-based designer Tuomas Merikoski specializes in spare silhouettes and generous volumes, equal parts utility and urban cool.
Matthew Williams has racked up serious entertainment industry cred with his work with Kanye West and Lady Gaga, and as a cofounder of cult streetwear/DJ collective Been Trill. It’s little surprise, then, that his young brand, Alyx, embodies both the hard edged and the luxurious.
Another Gaga alum is in the running, albeit one of a decidedly different aesthetic. In just his sophomore season, Brandon Maxwell is already commanding a red carpet cachet with his sleekly structural, high-glamour creations, picking up fans from Gwyneth Paltrow to Iman along the way.
Founder Hiromichi Ochiai has been beloved among in-the-know devotees of Japanese fashion since launching back in 2007; with a rising profile, the fan base for his eclectic, edgy men’s and womenswear is sure only to grow.
Christelle Kocher, also named a LVMH Prize semifinalist last year, marries lush, couture-level fabrications with sporty silhouettes. Consider multimedia embellished tops and hoodies styled back to sweatpants—and her barnstorming show in the city’s Passage du Prado, among the buzzier productions of Paris Fashion Week.
Undeniably one of the most promising champions of a gender-fluid approach, 19-year-old Toronto-based talent Vejas Kruszewski boasts a vision that’s both austere and singular, and has earned him fans like Fall ’15 lookbook star Hari Nef.
Elegant and otherworldly, Grace Wales Bonner conjures up a vision of masculinity informed by everything from Afrofuturism to ’70s leisurewear. If it sounds niche, think again: Plenty of well-heeled women are snapping up her styles at stockists like Opening Ceremony.
Glenn Martens, the Belgian brain behind Paris-based Y/Project, envisions a dramatic, streetwear-inflected vision of minimalism with his designs for both men and women. Fans include ... RIHANNA!
* Text courtesy of Vogue (edits/additions by TFL)