Marques’ Almeida’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida won the second annual LVMH Prize, an international contest for young designers selected by some of the industry’s biggest creative figures (think: Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquiere, Dior's Raf Simons, Celine's Phoebe Philo, Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, etc.). The London-based, Portuguese designers receive a grant of $333,000, plus a year of coaching from executives at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group and sponsor of the prize. A special jury prize went to Jacquemus.
Marques and Almeida beat out seven other finalists. They were: Arthur Arbesser, an Austrian women’s wear designer based in Milan; Craig Green, a British men’s wear specialist based in London; Faustine Steinmetz, a French women’s wear designer based in London; Simon Porte Jacquemus, a Frenchman based in Paris, where he presents his Jacquemus women’s collection; Virgil Abloh, an American designer based in Milan, where he does men’s and women’s fashions under the Off-White label; and Demna Gvasalia, a German designer who presents his Vetements women’s line in Paris.
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