Maddie Williams Takes Top Prize at Redress Design Awards 2019

HONG KONG – Sustainable fashion charity Redress held its annual design awards runway show on Thursday with 10 finalists presenting five-piece collections created with upcycled materials. Billed as the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition, the grand finale capped a week in which the finalists, emerging designers from around the world, spent a week in Hong Kong participating in a series of educational workshops and challenges. They also visited a TAL factory in Vietnam, and filmed “Frontline Fashion,” Redress’ docuseries, at historic Hong Kong locations including The Mills, PMQ and Tai Kwun. Maddie Williams from the U.K. took first prize with her collection that she based on “eco-grief,” or anxiety about the ecological breakdown of the planet. “I was imagining a group of futuristic mourners who are grieving the loss of our biodiverse planet and society, and so they made their clothes out of the rubbish that was left behind after the catastrophe,” said Williams, who holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from the Edinburgh College of Art and interned at Vivienne Westwood. She imbued the pieces with references to Memento mori and funeral dress of various cultures. Roger Lee, chief executive officer of TAL Group and one of the judges, noted that Williams’ pieces made

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British Open 2019: Here’s the prize money payout for each golfer at Royal Portrush

You're playing for the claret jug and the chance to be called the "Champion Golfer of the Year." Those are pretty handsome rewards on their own. But after the Open Championship came to an end on Sunday night at Royal Portrush, the 73 golfers who made the cut also took home a tidy little financial reward.

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Francesco Malandrini Wins Polimoda Prize

PRIZE MOMENT: “I like to try to push the boundaries of an identity of a garment,” said Francesco Malandrini, winner of the Supernature: Polimoda Fashion Show 2019, held Tuesday night at the Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence on the occasion of Pitti Uomo 96. As one of 22 of the school’s final year Fashion Design students selected to participate in the event, the 25-year-old’s six bold, cartoonish, graphic and arty men’s wear silhouettes based on printed foam impressed a panel of industry players including Laudomia Pucci; designer Bernhard Willhelm; Emanuele Farneti, director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue, and activist model Lea T.

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A dazed Malandrini, who grew up in the outskirts of Florence and graduated from the fashion school the day after the show, said he saw foam as a good medium for creating volume and displaying print, but also for communicating “a sense of melancholy and anxiety” through constriction of movement. This was underlined by the prints based on 16th- and 17th-century still lifes of birds and fish.

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“It’s meant to be a reflection on human nature and mankind, with this idea that we’re just animals among other animals. It’s a matter of

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EXCLUSIVE: ANDAM Announces Prize Finalists

PARIS — Coperni, Hed Mayner, Koché and Kwaidan Editions are this year’s finalists for the French fashion prize ANDAM, worth 250,000 euros.
“This year’s selection of Andam finalists was particularly diverse and interesting,” noted Renzo Rosso, head of Italian fashion group OTB, owner of Maison Margiela, who is this year’s mentor to the prize winner. Rosso noted the selection was not linked to a single market trend or “too business driven.”
Coperni, founded by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, was a finalist for an ANDAM prize in 2014. The designers went on to become artistic directors of Courrèges until 2017 and relaunched their brand earlier this year, taking to the catwalk for Paris Fashion Week in February.
Israeli designer Hed Mayner also showed his men’s wear collection in Paris in February, playing on bulk and layering in neutral tones. Koché, Christelle Kocher’s upscale ready-to-wear label with streetwear and contemporary art references, was featured in WWD’s feature “Ten of Tomorrow in 2016.”
Léa Dickely and Hung La are the design duo behind Kwaidan Editions, a finalist for the LVMH prize last year.
ANDAM, the French acronym for the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, is one of France’s oldest and most prestigious prizes,

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Hermès Supports Piano City Milano Prize

HERMÈS GIG: Hermès is supporting the talented young piano players by sponsoring two awards among the Piano City Milano Renato Sellani Prize.
The prize falls amid the series of events of Piano City Milano, the annual round of piano concerts, events and performances held throughout the city and aimed at promoting music culture. This year’s event will run May 17 to 19.
As part of the initiative, Alessandro Viggiano and Thomas Umbaca scooped up the Hermès Special Prizes, receiving 1,500 euros each, in addition to being offered the chance to perform during the Milan event.
Viggiano will perform the “Romantic Piano: From Chopin to Rachmaninov” concert at the Fondazione Adolfo Pini on May 18, while earlier in the day Umbaca will play his own compositions inside the former Giovanni Cova factory that produced panettone Christmas cake.
The Piano City Milano Renato Sellani Prize was established as a partnership between the organizers of Piano City Milano and the Fondazione Milano — Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado music school, with the aim to support young pianists from different European countries.
In addition to the French luxury label’s awards, the Piano City Milano Renato Sellani Prize has assigned five prizes offering financial support totaling 3,500 euros.
Across the

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Wales Bonner Wins BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Prize of 200,000 Pounds, Plus Mentoring

LONDON – Wales Bonner has won the 2019 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an annual prize that comes with 200,000 pounds in cash and a year’s worth of mentoring and support from members of the industry.
Wales Bonner was picked from a shortlist that included a broad range of creative businesses, from jewelry to footwear to men’s and women’s wear, including A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Alighieri, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, David Koma, Neous, Rejina Pyo and Wales Bonner.
“Congratulations to all the shortlisted designers and particularly Grace Wales Bonner on receiving this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. Wales Bonner is one of the most promising creatives in the world right now. The judging panel was impressed by her exceptional talent for storytelling and craftsmanship and we look forward to seeing her grow,” said Caroline Rush, CBE of the British Fashion Council.
Established in 2008, the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate growth over a twelve-month period. Although some of the labels on the shortlist are new, others are more established, have secured investment and are looking to take the next step in business.
The fund is supported by British Vogue, Burberry, JD.com, Inc., Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and Topshop.
The judging committee was chaired by Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief

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Salim Azzam, Roni Helou Scoop Inaugural Fashion Trust Arabia RTW Prize

WINNERS’ CIRCLE: Salim Azzam and Roni Helou scooped the ready-to-wear award at the inaugural gala dinner for Fashion Trust Arabia, the non-profit initiative that supports design talent across the Middle East and North Africa region. The event took place at the Doha Fire Station in Doha, Qatar with attendees including Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, FTA’s honorable chair, and co-chairs Sheikha Al- Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Fares, founder of the Fashion Trust.
The winners will work with the FTA and Matchesfashion.com to develop their brands globally. Other winners included Krikor Jabotian for evening wear, Mukhi Sister for jewellery, Zyne for shoes and Sabry Marauf for bags. Their collections will be available to purchase at Matchesfashion.com.
Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chair of Qatar Museums said the FTA prize is the only initiative of its kind in the Arab world, “creating a space to find, nurture and cultivate the most talented designers on an annual basis. The initiative’s mentorship will help a new wave of talent receive global attention. This commitment to education runs through everything we do at Qatar Museums.”
Fares said it was “immensely exciting to think about what the winners might all be capable of with the mentors and guidance

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled the names of the eight finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers, and for the first time, designers from Nigeria, South Africa and Israel have made the final round of the competition.
“We are very proud of the international dimension of the prize. It’s really what sets it apart,” Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative, told WWD. “The LVMH Prize is global. It reflects the fact that fashion is now a global market, with a capacity to reach and to touch more and more people, namely thanks to the Internet.”
Among those competing for a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at family-controlled LVMH — the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi — are four labels making gender-neutral clothes, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers.
“Gender issues, and the question of women’s place in society are key concerns for young people today, I believe. It’s normal therefore for designers to seize on those topics, which inform their designs,” said Arnault, who is a key talent scout at the French luxury conglomerate.
The finalists, selected by a committee of 63 fashion industry

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New Crop of Mexican Films Vie for Guadalajara’s Premio Mezcal Big Cash Prize

A new crop of Mexican fiction films and feature-length documentaries premiering in Guadalajara’s (FICG) Premio Mezcal section are vying for the festival’s largest cash prize of 500,000 pesos ($ 25,800). Winning the prestigious award virtually ensures a good run on the global festival circuit. As tradition has it, a group of 30 film students from Mexico […]

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Epic Breaks Down The ‘Fortnite’ World Cup $100 Million Prize Pool

Epic Games will be doling out $ 1 million each week to top “Fortnite” players during the 10 week-long Online Open qualifiers, the company announced in a blog post, offering a full breakdown of the studio’s plans for the enormous $ 100 million competitive prize pool. The online qualifiers run from April 13 until June 16. Epic […]

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Edward Crutchley and Colovos Win Woolmark Prize

LONDON — Edward Crutchley and Colovos have been named the winners of this year’s International Woolmark Prize.
A panel of judges, which included designer Alber Elbaz, InStyle editor in chief Laura Brown and actor Gwendoline Christie, chose the winners from among 12 finalists.
Colovos won in the women’s wear category and Crutchley won for men’s wear as well as the Innovation award. The winners were announced during London Fashion Week.
The competition recognizes design talent that uses Australian Merino wool in beautiful and creative ways. Previous winners include Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
“I think for someone who is so focused on textiles, it’s really a validation for me that what I do is of value, and I think that’s something that we all look for in our work,” said Crutchley, who is known for working with artisanal textiles.
For the collection that he presented to the panel, Crutchley said he wanted to set himself a challenge by creating pieces using 100 percent merino wool. “No blends, no mixes and to achieve as many different levels of texture, weights, and drapes as I could,” he said.
Looks ranged from devorée pieces and intricate jacquards to tie-dyes.
Crutchley and Nicole and Michael Colovos of Colovos are awarded 200,000 Australian dollars,

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Woolmark Company Confirms Judging Panel Ahead of Prize Final

LONDON — The Woolmark Company has lined up a panel of judges from across the design, editorial and retail sectors ahead of this year’s international final on Feb. 16., during London Fashion Week.
Judges at the awards event, which will take place at Lindley Hall in Westminster, include designer Alber Elbaz; actor Gwendoline Christie; consultant Floriane de Saint Pierre; InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown and Highsnobiety founder David Fischer.
Among the retail executives taking part in the initiative are Harvey Nichols’ Laura Larbalestier; Mytheresa.com’s Tiffany Hsu and Kelly Wong, director of fashion at Lane Crawford.
The panel will pick the men’s wear and women’s wear winners for the International Woolmark Prize, and the winners will be announced immediately.
Men’s wear nominees include Daniel W. Fletcher, Nicholas Daley, Willy Chavarria and Korean label Youser.
Albus Lumen, Brandon Maxwell, Colovos, Yohei Ohno and I-am-Chen are nominated in the women’s wear category. There is also a unisex category that highlights the works of Angel Chen, Edward Crutchley and CMMN SWDN.
The men’s and women’s wear winners will receive $ 200,000 each, alongside industry mentorship, and commercial opportunities.
An additional Innovation Award will be granted to a participating designer. It includes a $ 100,000 prize.

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Loewe Reveals 29 Finalists for the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize

Loewe has selected the 29 shortlisted artists who will compete for the 2019 edition of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.
Each finalist’s work will be exhibited at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo from June 26 to July 22. The winner, who will be revealed June 25 at the exhibition’s opening, will receive 50,000 euros.
This is the third edition of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, which presents a diverse spectrum of techniques, media and modes of expression. The finalists range from recently graduated and newly emerging artists to well-known names and leaders in their fields. Each of the artists is being recognized for having made important contributions to the development of contemporary craft. The finalists’ works will also be documented in a catalogue.
The annual prize was launched by the Loewe Foundation in 2016. This year’s finalists were selected by a panel of experts from over 2,500 submissions by artists representing more than 100 countries. The number of submissions increased by 44 percent, demonstrating the growing significance and influence of the prize in creative communities at an international level. The award was conceived by Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson to acknowledge the importance of craft in

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Sundance: Amazon Buys Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘One Child Nation’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Studios strikes again. The digital giant picked up global rights to “One Child Nation,” a documentary about China’s policy of forcibly restricting family size that debuted to great acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The deal is said to be in the mid-six figures. The sale comes on the heels of the film’s […]

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Chiara Ferragni to Join Experts on LVMH Prize Panel

PARIS — The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is ramping up its digital presence.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has asked Chiara Ferragni, one of the world’s top influencers with 15.9 million followers on Instagram, to join the expert committee for the sixth edition of the award. Ferragni has close ties to LVMH-owned Dior, whose women’s wear designer Maria Grazia Chiuri made her wedding dress.
Ferragni joins Naomi Campbell and 14 other newcomers, drawn from the worlds of media and e-commerce, on the prize panel.
They include Rami Atallah, cofounder and chief executive officer of Ssense.com; Aizel Trudel, founder of Russian e-commerce site Aizel.ru; Aimee Song of fashion blog Song of Style; Kevin Ma, founder and ceo of Hypebeast; stylist Marie Chaix; documentary maker Loïc Prigent, and fashion journalist Angelo Flaccavento.
Also new are Edward Enninful, editor in chief of Vogue U.K.; Ezra Petronio, editor in chief of Self Service; Joerg Koch, founder and editor in chief of 032c; Ashley Heath, editorial director of Pop and Arena Homme +; Suzanne Koller, fashion director of M Le Monde, and System cofounders Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski.
“We are thrilled to welcome this year both prominent personalities from traditional fashion media and professionals who have succeeded

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LVMH Opens Applications for Sixth Edition of LVMH Prize

STARTING BLOCKS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the sixth edition of its LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Candidates have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Monday. The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will walk away with a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear.
The past five winners of the main prize are Doublet, Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait, and the award has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Rokh, Kozaburo Akasaka, Vejas, Jacquemus, Hood By Air and Miuniku.
LVMH also rewards three graduates from fashion schools. They will each receive 10,000 euros and will join one of the group’s houses for one year. Last year’s edition drew 1,300 applications from 90 countries, with 20 semifinalists invited to show their work during Paris Fashion Week in

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HQ Trivia’s Emmys-Themed Game Will Give $100,000 Prize to One Winner

HQ Trivia is trying to horn in on TV’s biggest night: The live game-show app will stage a special Emmys-themed show next Monday, Sept. 17, during the Emmy Awards — with a $ 100,000 cash prize going to a single winner. Launched in August 2017, HQ Trivia has amassed a fanbase of millions (and numerous copycat […]

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Europe’s Four Finalists for the International Woolmark Prize Revealed  

GOING FOR GOLD: Four of the 12 global finalists for the 2018/19 International Woolmark prize were announced in London on Tuesday, Daniel W. Fletcher from U.K.; Nicholas Daley from U.K.; Edward Crutchley from U.K. and Cmmn Swdn from Sweden; and they will go on to compete for the final award which will be held in London in February.
They join the first four finalists whose names were announced earlier this month in Hong Kong: They are Zhi Chen of I-Am-Chen from China; Mooyeol Lee of Youser from South Korea; Yohei Ohno from Japan and Angel Chen from China.
The remaining four finalists will be revealed later this month in New York.
“Now in its seventh year the International Woolmark Prize has evolved into one of the biggest fashion awards of its caliber, and so we have restructured the program to ensure our nominees and finalists receive the highest level of industry support and guidance,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company.
The prize showcases international young talent whose designs highlight the versatility of merino wool. Each of the finalists will be awarded $ 52,100, and over the course of the next few months, they’ll work on producing a capsule merino wool collection. Each collection will

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Woolmark Prize Asia Semifinal Winners Named

HONG KONG — It’s certainly intimidating for a young fashion designer to speak in front of a roomful of editors, buyers and industry heavyweights, and doubly so if they cannot speak English. That was predicament facing two of the four winners named at the Woolmark Prize Hong Kong 2018/19 semifinals on Thursday.
But both of the non-English speakers managed to find the words at a dinner at Aberdeen Street Social, where designers Zhi Chen of I-Am-Chen, Mooyeol Lee of Youser, and Yohei Ohno and Angel Chen, each of whom have eponymous labels, were chosen to move on to the next round of the global competition.
“I never expected this, so I’m just surprised now. Thank you so much,” Japanese designer Yohei Ohno told the crowd with a stunned laugh. Earlier in the day, Ohno had conducted interviews accompanied by an interpreter.
Mooyeol Lee, who heads up South Korean label Youser, managed to say: “I never expected this honor, so thank you so much.” Lee had no interpreter, so to speak to the press about his brand he’d come equipped with a written statement in English.
Lee said winning felt like a dream, and his head is already swimming with ideas for the finals, which will

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Eco-Age Announces Finalists for Emerging Talent Prize

GREEN SHOOTS: Livia Firth’s brand consultancy Eco-Age gathered industry figures, including Italian Chamber of Fashion president Carlo Capasa, entrepreneur Carmen Busquets and British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, on the sidelines of Paris Couture Week to select the five finalists of its talent competition for emerging designers. 
The 13 jury members met in a makeshift conference room in a stuffy apartment on Tuesday to look at the work of 10 shortlisted designers. The finalists will attend the second edition of The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, to be held on Sept. 23 at La Scala at the end of Milan Fashion Week.
The winner of the Franca Sozzani GCC Emerging Designer Award will have the opportunity to present at Milan Fashion Week in February, supported by the Italian Chamber of Fashion.
In addition, they will benefit from a one-year mentorship program with outlet center operator Value Retail, which runs 11 outlets under the heading of Bicester Village Shopping Collection. Their collections will be featured in The Creative Spot, a platform dedicated to showcase new talents at Fidenza Village, just outside of Milan.
The finalists are Gilberto Calzolari, whose look was created using jute coffee bags from Brazil; Teatum Jones, who created a dress made

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Fashion Trust Arabia Supports Local Talent with New Prize Initiative

LONDON — As the Arab fashion industry continues to gain ground, a new charitable venture, Fashion Trust Arabia, is being launched and it’s spearheading a new prize initiative to support local design talent through mentorship and funding.
The initiative, which follows on the footsteps of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust, will be chaired by Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and co-chaired by Sheikha al- Mayassa Bint Hamad Al- Thani and Tania Fares, founder of the Fashion Trust in the U.K.
A wide range of local and international business and fashion leaders are said to participate in the new venture, joining its executive committee or judging panel and mentoring participating designers. Fashion Trust Arabia is yet to announce its committee members.
The launch of the prize aims to coincide with the increased interest in the growth potential of the region’s fashion industry, to support local talent that has so far been operating under-the-radar and spark investment opportunities.
Earlier this year, the Arab Fashion Council – which is now headquartered in Saudi Arabia – also announced a partnership with the British Fashion Council and hosted the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, in a bid to develop a sustainable fashion infrastructure across the Arab world and create new revenue

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Masayuki Ino’s Streetwear Label Doublet Wins LVMH Prize for Young Designers

PARIS —  Masayuki Ino’s streetwear label Doublet on Wednesday won the 2018 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers.
Emma Stone announced the winner at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in the presence of jury members including Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri and Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière.
Masayuki Ino beat some 1,300 applicants to walk away with a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of fashion houses including Vuitton, Loewe, Céline, Berluti and Marc Jacobs.
Among the nine finalists were three labels making gender-neutral clothes, two that design for both men and women, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers. In addition, three of the brands are run by design duos.
The short list included gender-neutral designers Matthew Adams Dolan, based in New York and Ludovic de Saint Sernin from Paris, a former Balmain designer who launched his label less than a year ago.
Others who specialize in gender nonbinary creations are Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus of the New York-based label Eckhaus Latta, and Glaswegian designer Charles Jeffrey, whose Charles Jeffrey Loverboy brand extends to a nightclub. Jeffrey

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Pitti Tutorship Teams Up With Parsons for ‘Reward’ Prize

TALENT SCOUTING: Pitti Tutorship, Pitti Immagine’s business division aimed at supporting emerging designers in the development of their brands, has teamed with New York-based The New School’s Parsons School of Design for the fifth edition of its “Pitti Tutorship Reward” prize.
Established in 2017, the talent competition addresses fashion design students who have the chance to get the support of the Pitti Tutorship team, guided by director Riccardo Vannetti, to start paving their professional career path.
For this new edition, an academic jury including The New School’s Parsons School of Design’s professors will select three of their students who enrolled in the project. Vannetti will name the winner, who will be awarded during the 70th Parsons Benefit Event hosted in New York on May 21 at the Pier Sixty venue.
Previously, Pitti Tutorship collaborated for its “Pitti Tutorship Reward” prize with several international fashion schools, including The Costume and Fashion Academy of Rome, Milan’s European Institute of Design and London’s Central Saint Martins.
Founded in January 2016, Pitti Tutorship supports designers in the different aspects of their business, from researching the right production and distribution partners to the development of communication strategies and brand-image activities.

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Ceramist Jennifer Lee Wins Loewe Craft Prize

LONDON — An emotional Helen Mirren announced ceramist Jennifer Lee as the winner of the second annual Loewe Foundation Craft Prize at London Design Museum on Thursday.
“Are we both allowed to cry now?” asked Lee, whose spare, hand-coiled clay vessel wowed judges, including the prize’s founder, Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe.
Mirren pointed to the “timelessness” of Lee’s work, which is called “Pale, Shadowed Speckled Traces, Fading Elipse, Bronze Specks, Tilted Shelf, 2017.” She called the 30 works in the competition “extraordinary manifestations of human abilities.”
Accepting the 50,000 euro award and silver bowl trophy designed by Alex Brogden, the Scotland-born Lee said that in “the age of the digital and mechanical, it is mind-boggling to see posters about this craft prize on the Tube.”
Lee’s work is on show in more than 40 public collections around the world. She has developed her own method of coloring by mixing metallic oxides into clay, and uses ancient techniques of pinching and coiling to create her work.
Some 30 craftspeople of various ages and nationalities competed for the prize, and their work will be on display at The Design Museum until June 17.
Honorable mentions were given to Takuro Kuwata for his porcelain, platinum and steel

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Asian Film Awards: ‘Youth’ Wins Top Prize From ‘Demon Cat’

The 12th edition of the Asian Film Awards saw Chen Kaige’s “The Legend of the Demon Cat” emerge as the numerical winner. But it missed out on the best film prize, which went to “Youth,” directed by fellow mainland Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. “Demon Cat,” a period fantasy mounted on an unparalleled scale in China […]

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LVMH Prize Shortlist Highlights Gender-Neutral Designers

PARIS — The distinction between women’s wear and men’s wear may soon become obsolete: At least, you might be tempted to come to that conclusion from reading the list of 20 semifinalists for the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Among those competing for a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, are no fewer than six labels making gender-neutral clothes, two that design for both men and women, eight women’s wear designers and four men’s wear designers.
Those are the official designations; in effect, half the labels are treading a unisex line with their designs.
“Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion,” said Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative and a key talent scout at family-controlled LVMH, the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi.
“Naturally, LVMH is interested in celebrating creativity in fashion, regardless of the category it fits in. However, the gender-neutral brands we have selected must also demonstrate an ability to produce quality clothing. Some of our designers, such as J.W. Anderson, actually pioneered this

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L’Exception Teams Up With Land Rover for Born Awards Fashion Prize

NEW PRIZE: French multibrand store L’Exception is teaming with the Land Rover Born awards. In their eighth edition, the awards promote design creativity across different industries.
The theme of the eighth edition of the award is “Peerless,” with the aim of awarding designers that bring functionality with aesthetic, in six categories this year: architecture, technology, home, fashion, sport and mobility.
The L’Exception prize will be granted to the fashion and accessories category.
Selected candidates will be invited to show their pieces at Milan Design Week, from April 12 to 22, alongside the winners from six other regions around the world, as part of a “world creativity summit.”
The contest is open for applications on born.com and l’exception.com, with registration closing on Feb. 28.
The Born awards aim to generate communication between designers across different disciplines and are open to both new and seasoned designers.
Born is an online platform connecting 75,000 designers and entrepreneurs.
L’Exception, founded by former Céline executive Régis Pennel, sells some 400 French brands online and in a store in the center of Paris fashioned as an extension of the digital sphere where customers can drink coffee and eat pastries.

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Loewe Announces Finalists for Second Edition of Craft Prize

PARIS — The second edition of the Loewe Craft Prize is set to cement its reputation as a magnet for the most avant-garde work in the field, with creations ranging from a blown glass sphere more than one meter wide to a ceramic bowl covered in red Ferrari car paint.
The brainchild of Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, the prize run by the Loewe Foundation drew close to 1,900 submissions from more than 75 countries.
Loewe on Thursday named the 30 finalists, and the winner — to be revealed on May 3 — will walk away with 50,000 euros. The list includes entries from as far afield as Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, Singapore, Chile, the U.S., Poland and the U.K., among others.
“The level has gone up, in terms of the types of people applying, ranging from amazing new people who you’ve never heard of, who are making things that are just fantastic, to incredibly well-known names,” said Anderson, noting the presence of established artists like Jennifer Lee and Takuro Kuwata, who both specialize in ceramics.
While the number of submissions is down by about half from the first edition, the designer sees this as a positive development. “It’s interesting that the level

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Judges Revealed for International Woolmark Prize Global Final

MILAN — The International Woolmark Prize Tuesday revealed its judges for the global final, taking place Jan. 9 in Florence during the men’s wear international trade show Pitti Uomo.
The jury will include designers Phillip Lim and Manish Malhotra; Fashion Tech Lab founder and chief executive officer Miroslava Duma; Eco-Age founder Livia Firth; Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company; Emanuele Farneti and Nonita Kalra, editors-in-chief of Vogue Italia and Harper’s Bazaar India, respectively; model and actress Amber Valletta; Vogue.com’s chief critic Sarah Mower; Pitti Immagine tutorship director Riccardo Vannetti; Elizabeth Von Guttman, founder of System Magazine and Ever Manifesto; and Julie Davies, general manager processing innovation and education extension at Australian Wool Innovation.
The final will combine men’s wear and women’s wear categories with two winners who will receive 200,000 Australian dollars, or $ 153,400, to invest in the development of their businesses and gain the opportunity to have their collections distributed by prominent retailers, such as Harvey Nichols in the U.K, L’Eclaireur in Paris and Boon the Shop in South Korea.
The finalists in the men’s wear category are Sixlee from Asia; Blairarchibald from Australia and New Zealand; Matthew Miller from Great Britain; L’Homme Rouge from Europe; Antar Agni from India and

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LVMH Opens Applications for Fifth Edition of LVMH Prize

OPEN CALL: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the fifth edition of its LVMH Prize for young fashion designers.
Candidates have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Friday. The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will walk away with a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of men’s or women’s ready-to-wear.
The past four winners of the main prize are Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait, and the award has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Kozaburo Akasaka, Vejas, Jacquemus, Hood by Air and Miuniku.
LVMH also rewards three graduates from fashion schools. They will each receive 10,000 euros and will join one of the group’s houses for one year.
Last year’s edition drew 1,250 applications from 90 countries, with 21 semi-finalists invited to show their work during Paris Fashion Week

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Bodice, Antar-Agni Win Regional Awards for Woolmark Prize

Indian designers won the women’s and men’s wear awards for the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East region of the International Woolmark Prize.
Ruchika Sachdeva, whose label Bodice won the women’s wear award, and Ujjawal Dubey, whose label Antar-Agni won in the men’s wear category, both emphasized wool’s weave and the fabric itself, in their respective collections.
“India has an advantage in that it is such a treasure trove. The handspun merino wool also lends us an abundance of techniques. The tradition of craft available for centuries adds to that,” Sachdeva, who started Bodice six years ago, told WWD.
The nominees for the Indian Subcontinent and Middle East included, for men’s wear Antar-Agni – India; Dhruv Kapoor – India; Theorem – India; Varoin Marwah – Dubai, and Ziggi Men’s Wear – Pakistan. For women’s wear, the nominees were Bodice – India; Hemang Agrawal – India; Matar – Bahrain; Khadija Rahman – Pakistan; Nour Najem – Lebanon; Timi Hayek – Lebanon; Péro – India, and Zonia Anwaar – Pakistan.
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Marine Serre Wins 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Designers

PARIS — French-Belgian designer Marine Serre was named on Friday as the winner of the 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers. The prize was handed over by Rihanna.
She walks away with a grand prize of 300,000 euros, or $ 335,000 at current exchange rates, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of fashion houses including Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Givenchy, Berluti and Marc Jacobs.
The eight finalists earlier presented their work to a jury including Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Loewe artistic director Jonathan Anderson, Céline’s Phoebe Philo and Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Unique in its online-only application process, the prize usually attracts about 1,000 entries, according to Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative and a key talent scout at family-controlled LVMH.
The past three winners are Thomas Tait, Marques’ Almeida and Wales Bonner, and the prize has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Hood by Air, Jacquemus, Vejas and Miuniku.
Prizes for young designers have multiplied in recent years as fashion’s biggest players jockey to do good, and forge relations with potential future recruits.
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Loewe Craft Prize Comes to New York

CRAFT MAGIC: Jonathan Anderson continued the tour of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize exhibition in New York on Thursday. The exhibit started in April in Madrid with a showcase of the 26 finalists of the 4,000 applicants for the inaugural addition of the Craft Prize and is now in New York at the Chamber Gallery through June 6.
“I’ve wanted to do this project since I joined Loewe,” said Anderson, who’s also shooting his Loewe campaign while he’s in town. “It’s really important to support crafts people like this.” The lineup featured work from various disciplines: Pottery by Sangwoo Kim of South Korea, gold and silversmithing by Robert Baines of Australia, lacquering by Igawa Takeshi of Japan, embroidery by Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone of Buenos Aires, weaving by Anne Low of Vancouver, with whom Anderson is collaborating on an upcoming project, and the winning work of wood carving by Ernst Gamperl of Munich, Germany.
Gamperl’s piece, called “Tree of Life 2” is a large wooden vase carved from a 300-year-old oak tree uprooted during a storm. “I plan to make a collection out of it and to keep all the objects together,” he said. “In two or three years it will

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‘Close-Knit’ Wins Top Prize at Udine Far East Fest

ROME — Japanese director Ogigami Naoko’s tender drama “Close-Knit” in which a transgender woman becomes a mother figure to a young girl won the Audience Award, the top prize, at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, which is Europe’s biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema. South Korean director Choi Kook-hee’s offbeat bowling… Read more »

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LVMH Creates Internal Prize for Women’s Empowerment

GIRL POWER: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will award its first EllesVMH prize on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.
The prize will reward two out of 10 pre-selected initiatives from the group’s houses and international affiliates for their role in promoting gender diversity at an event at the group’s Paris headquarters on Avenue Montaigne.
The first winner will be chosen by a jury made up of LVMH human resources director Chantal Gaemperlé, other members of the group’s executive board and presidents of its brands, and will receive an award designed for the occasion by sculptor Nathalie Decoster.
The second winner will be voted on by attendees at the event, where representatives of each project will be present. Among the guests will be French fencing champion Laura Flessel-Colovic and former boxing champion Sarah Ourahmoune.
The projects in the running are Hublot Loves Women, an initiative to develop and encourage female entrepreneurship in Japan; Make Up For Ever’s French affiliate’s support of non-native workers with language classes; Sephora’s Accelerate program to support women entrepreneurs in the beauty industry; Benefit’s Bold Is Beautiful campaign, which encourages the brand’s employees and the public to raise funds to aid local communities; Loro Piana’s campaign to raise awareness

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France Awards Human Rights Prize to Copenhagen Summit’s Eva Kruse

COPENHAGEN — The French embassy in Denmark has awarded its Human Rights Prize to Eva Kruse, founder and chief executive officer of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and former head of Copenhagen Fashion Week, for her work on sustainability in fashion and on promoting better working conditions in garment factories.
Kruse launched the Copenhagen Summit on sustainability in fashion on the margins of the United Nations’ “COP 15” climate change conference in 2009. Since then the biannual conferences have brought together fashion executives, humanitarian organizations, policy-makers and others to discuss ways to mobilize the international fashion industry to become more fair and environmentally sustainable.
In an early-morning reception at the French embassy during Copenhagen Fashion Week, Ambassador François Zimeray joked that the night had been short for many after an evening of fashion parties.
He pointed out that while the joy and frivolity of the fashion industry may seem opposed to the seriousness of human rights issues, both fields dealt with individual dignity and freedom of expressions.
“Wearing fashion says, ‘I am a person, I am an individual and I want to dialogue with the world,’” Zimeray said. “Fashion has to do with the dignity of the person, so it cannot work against the dignity of people [who work in the

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Rochambeau Taps Nike, Avery Dennison and Others for Woolmark Prize Collection

Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper, the design team behind New York-based men’s wear brand Rochambeau, looked to multiple resources to help them compete at the highest level for the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize contest, which will be awarded in Paris on  Monday,  Jan. 23.
Rochambeau, who won the U.S. Woolmark prize last July along with women’s designer Gabriela Hearst, will compete against MÜNN from Asia, Ex Infinitas from Australia, Cottweiler from Britain, Tonsure from Europe and Bounipun from India.
Their winning look for the U.S. competition, which was influenced by the late artist Dash Snow, consisted of a boxer short made from wool suit fabric, a hand-waxed wool vest that looked like trompe’l’oeil leather, a wool hat and trousers. Chandler hopes to build on that with a larger collection that’s been created with help from Nike, Avery Dennison, Chromatic, Larsson and Jennings, Evrythng and Albertus Swanepoel. Rochambeau also worked with fabric mills including Dashing Tweeds, American Woolen, Aurotex, Steady Tex and Kendor Fabrics.
“We want to continue the narrative we created this past summer by bringing on great partners and innovating with wool,” said Chandler, who added that the entire line was created in New York.
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Zhang Hanyi’s ‘Life After Life’ Wins Tokyo Filmex Top Prize

TOKYO – “Life After Life,” Chinese director Zhang Hanyi’s drama about a woman who returns to her pollution-devastated village ten years after her untimely death, won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize. The film premiered in the Forum section of this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Taking the second place special jury prize was Sri Lankan director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s “Burning… Read more »

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Louis Vuitton Designs Case for Rugby World Cup 2015 Webb Ellis Prize

CASE WORK: Louis Vuitton is making its debut on the rugby pitch with the creation of a bespoke case to hold the Webb Ellis Cup, rugby’s greatest prize. Vuitton’s latest trunk will make its debut at the Rugby World Cup final on Oct. 31 in Twickenham, England.
Handmade at the brand’s Asnières workshop near Paris, the travel case has been designed to contain the sterling silver and gold-plate trophy. It is covered in Louis Vuitton’s monogram canvas and has been fitted with the company’s signature brass lock and corners. It opens from the front and at the top to allow the trophy to be easily removed.
The same Vuitton workshop also made the trunk that holds the world’s oldest sporting trophy, the silver ewer of the America’s Cup, which dates to 1851. More recently, Louis Vuitton designed the trophy case for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy.
World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset called the Webb Ellis Cup “the most coveted prize in rugby,” and “a symbol of unity, enjoyment, participation and excellence. We are excited about our collaboration with a fashion house as renowned as Louis Vuitton and delighted with the stunning, modern-classic case.”
Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton,

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Sara Lundberg Scoops Designers’ Nest Prize at Copenhagen Fashion Week

ROYAL PRIZE: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wearing Danish label Fonnesbech presented Sara Lundberg with the Designers’ Nest prize.
The talent show and award organized by trade fair Revolver was held Friday afternoon during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
A jury that included London-based designer Peter Jensen, Eyes on Talents’ cofounder Guillaume de Piédoüe and fashion scholar Ane Lunge Jorlen selected the 28-year-old Swedish designer as the winner of the competition.
“She expressed the way we convey emotions today is through emojis, and how fashion has become a new community,” Lunge Jorlen explained.
“Her statement was very strong: fashion turned into a totem, a sculpture,” de Piédoüe said. The co-founder of the online platform for connecting brands with international design talents sees a “good combination of technical skills and creativity among Scandinavian designers.”
Lundberg, who just graduated from at the Swedish Schools of Textiles and cites Rei Kawakubo among her favorite designers, is to start a PhD in fashion design in Vilnius, Lithuania  this fall. “I want to discuss things, and continue to do projects about humanity,” she told WWD.
Lundberg was one of 24 students from eight schools in Nordic countries competing for the prize, valued at 50,000 Danish kroner, or $ 7,310 at current exchange.
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International Woolmark Prize Selects 12 Global Finalists

The 2015-16 International Woolmark Prize global finalists have all been decided.
The six men’s wear finalists will compete in January at Pitti Uomo in Florence, while the six women’s wear finalists will face off in New York in February.
The six men’s wear nominees are Munsoo Kwon (Asia); P. Johnson (Australia); Agi & Sam (British Isles), Jonathan Christopher (Europe) Suketdhir (India, Pakistan and Middle East), and Siki Im (U.S.).
The six women’s wear nominees are J Koo (Asia), Bianca Spender (Australia), Teatum Jones (British Isles), Nanna van Blaaderen (Europe), Taller Marmo (India, Pakistan and Middle East), and Tanya Taylor (U.S.).
“The International Woolmark Prize is a truly global celebration of emerging talent,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Co. “The competition not only allows the participating designers to share their vision on the world’s stage, it provides them with the opportunity for far-reaching commercial success.”
Ultimately, the two winners will receive $ 100,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 73,000 at current exchange rate and the opportunity to have their collection carried in Harvey Nichols in London; 10 Corso Como in Milan, Beijing and Shanghai; Matchesfashion.com; Mytheresa.com; Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.; Joyce in China; Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan; Boutique 1 in the United Arab

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Paying Homage to India: An Interview With Pushcart Prize Nominee, Leeya Mehta

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.
-Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Day was celebrated around the world on July 18th. It is a day to remember the greatness of a man who dedicated his life to helping the world understand democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with, Leeya Mehta, She was a child when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1989 after serving his 27-year sentence.

The movement for a democratic South Africa was felt greatly in India whose own independence was achieved just 15 years before Mandela’s sentence began. Leeya Mehta’s school invited leaders of the ANC to come talk to the children. Mehta felt rooted in a culture of nonviolent resistance for change, surrounded by the energy of a new India, and a witness to its diverse cultural and religious traditions.

After earning a Master’s in economics and politics from Oxford University she traveled throughout the world eventually settling in Washington, DC. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Abduction,” published by the Beloit Poetry Journal.

Here she shares her reflections as a writer and her hopes to pay homage to the diverse cultures, religions, social movements, countries and the people who weave their complexities and contradictions, along with her own, through her poems and essays.

Poem: “David & The Hummingbird”
For Nelson Mandela

Essay: “What kind of society do we want to live In?:
A reflection on crime & punishment.”

Writer’s Process: The Diction of Death & Violence

Poem: ” The Towers of Silence” and Writing For & As The “Other”

Inspiration: India As A Muse

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U.S. Finalists Vie for Regional Woolmark Prize

On Tuesday, the two U.S. winners of the 2015-16 regional Woolmark Prize will be selected at Milk Studios Penthouse in New York.
Five women’s wear and five men’s wear designers will compete for the two spots and the opportunity to participate in the international finals. One men’s wear and one women’s wear designer will be selected by a jury based on sketches of a six-piece merino wool capsule collection, with one garment actually produced. The two winners will receive a financial contribution of 50,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 37,000 at the current exchange rate, toward their next collection.
In addition to New York, five other regional competitions take place in London, Shanghai, Sydney, British Isles, Dubai, and Antwerp, Belgium. Two winners from each region will go on to compete in the international finals. The international men’s wear final will be held at Pitti Uomo in Florence in January, and the six women’s wear finalists will meet in New York in February.
The two international winners will receive $ 100,000 Australian dollars, or about $ 74,200, each and the opportunity to have their collection carried in Harvey Nichols in London; 10 Corso Como in Milan, Beijing and Shanghai; Matchesfashion.com; Mytheresa.com; Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.;

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Young Designers Vie For LVMH Prize

GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT: Anton Belinskiy’s sweater said it all: “Poor But Cool.” He’s one of 26 young designers who displayed their wares at the headquarters of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Wednesday night, all vying for a cash prize of 300,000 euros, or $ 335,560 at current exchange, plus a year of coaching from the luxury group.
There was a mood of camaraderie among the designers, despite the walls separating their stands and all the jockeying for attention as members from the expert panel, who must whittle down the crop to eight finalists, toured the room along with top LVMH brass.
“It’s really exciting to see all these great talents here, and to see all the energy,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and the woman who conceived the prize as a powerful talent scout and advocate for young designers at the luxury giant her family controls. “It’s already great for them and I hope it’ll help their careers.”
The 45 experts have two days to inspect collections and meet designers before casting their vote. Finalists are to face a jury whose members include Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Jonathan Anderson and

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