Wednesday 21st February

| BY Finn Blythe

This Year’s LVMH Prize Semi-Finalists Have Just Been Announced


Each year the LVMH prize nominees are a big who’s who of what’s hot. Just take a look at the below list of nominees. Sizzlin’. As far as fashion prizes go, this one’s the big one, with the winner scooping up a whopping €300,000, a year’s worth of mentorship and of course, the global esteem that comes with winning such a prestigious competition. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, this year’s competition comes with a zesty twist too, with organisers asking nominees to specify what steps they are taking to ensure their practices are sustainable- the major fashion buzz word of 2018 (infinitely better than ‘normcore’).

Yesterday, the twenty designers to make the competition’s semi-final were announced, a typically diverse list, including London Fashion Week favourites Marta Jakubowski, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY and Faustine Steinmetz, as well as Antwerp graduate duo Rushemy Botter and Lissi Herrebrugh, Edda Gimnes and Magda Butrym. Making their first appearance on the nominee list are Eckhaus Latta, Ludovic de Saint Sernin and A COLD WALL*. With the finalists being announced in June, via a superstar panel of judges including Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Maria Grazia Chiuri and JW Anderson, we can barely wait to see who will join the likes of Grace Wales Bonner and Marques’ Almeida as winners of the brilliant prize. See below for the comprehensive list of semi-finalists.

Samuel Ross – A-COLD-WALL*
Akiko Aoki – Akikoaoki
Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh – Botter
Charles Jeffrey – Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Masayuki Ino – Doublet
Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus – Eckhaus Latta
Edda Gimnes – Edda
Reid Baker & Ines Amorim – Ernest W Baker
Faustine Steinmetz – Faustine Steinmetz
Serhat Isik & Benjamin Huseby – GmbH
Lea Dickley & Hung La – Kwaidan Editions
Ludovic De Saint Sernin – Ludovic De Saint Sernin
Magdalena Butrym – Magda Butrym
Marta Jakubowski – Marta Jakubowski
Matthew Adams Dolan – Matthew Adams Dolan
Neil Grotzinger – Nihl
Cosima Gadient & Christa Bösch – Ottolinger
Rok Hwang – Rokh
Snow Gao – Snow Xue Gao
Younchan Chung – The Sirius

Photograph by Jason Lloyd Evans at Marta Jakubowski AW18