LVMH has announced the shortlist for its Young Fashion Designer Prize. After going through a pool of nearly 1,000 designers, LVMH has narrowed down its picks to 26, and you may recognize a few names. In addition to labels like Agi & Sam, Marques Almeida and Jacquemus, we find Off-White, the haute streetwear brand designed by Virgil Abloh, one of Kanye West’s creative partners-in-crime.
Almeida and Craig Green will have their second turn in the competition this year, and will be judged along with the 24 other labels by LVMH bigwigs, including Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Jonathan Anderson, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Pierre-Yves Roussel. Before they face this panel of esteemed judges, a group of 45 influential members of the fashion set (including Emmanuelle Alt, Tim Blanks, Patrick Demarchelier, Linda Fargo, Cathy Horyn, Pat McGrath and more) will narrow down the list to 8 finalists. The overall winner will be announced in May.
Below, the list of the 26 designers that are one step closer to taking home the LVMH prize.
Andrea Jiapei Li, by Andrea Jiapei Li
Anton Belinskiy, by Anton Belinskiy
Arthur Arbesser, by Arthur Arbesser
Astrid Andersen, by Astrid Andersen
Baja East, by Scott Studenberg and John Targon
Coperni, by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant
Craig Green, by Craig Green
Devon Halfnight Leflufy, by Devon Halfnight Leflufy
Faustine Steinmetz, by Faustine Steinmetz
Huishan Zhang, by Huishan Zhang
Jacquemus, by Simon Porte Jacquemus
Jourden, by Anais Mak and Benny Woo
Koché, by Christelle Kocher
Marques Almeida, by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida
Nabil Nayal, by Nabil El-Nayal
Nasir Mazhar, by Nasir Mazhar
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, by Virgil Abloh
Orley, by Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley
Ryan Lo, by Ryan Lo
Ryan Roche, by Ryan Roche
Sankuanz, by Zhe Shangguan
Vetements, by Demna Gvasalia
Writtenafterwards, by Yoshikazu Yamagata (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Unisex fashion presented in Tokyo.
Xiao Li, by Xiao Li (Chinese designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.
XimonLee, by Ximon Lee (Chinese designer based in New York). Menswear presented in New York.