The international commitee of experts – comprising journalists, stylists and buyers – will select the finalists in March 2019 during Paris Fashion Week.
The shortlisted semi-finalists for the 2019 LVMH Prize were announced on Tuesday. 20 designers representing 15 countries were selected among 1,700 participants. The different segments includes menswear, womenswear and gender-neutral clothing.
Here is the list of all the semi-finalists for the 2019 LVMH Prize:
1. 3.Paradis of Emeric Tchatchoua – Menswear
Hailing from Paris, Emeric Tchatchoua is the founder and the creative director of the 3. Paradis. It was in 2004 that he discovered Japanese fashion and immediately found his inspiration from the Japanese fashion. In 2013, he founded 3. Paradis, a menswear ready-to-wear fashion label.
2. Anrealage of Kunihiko Morinaga – Womenswear
Born in Tokyo, Morinaga is a Japanese designer who launched his brand “Anrealage” in 2003. The brand works in the combination of three words- Real, Unreal and Age. In 2005 the designer won the Design Vision Award for Avant Garde at Gen Art competition in New York. He also won the 29th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix for the best new designer in Tokyo in 2011.
3. Bethany Williams – Gender-neutral
Bethany Williams is a British menswear designer who works around sustainable designs. The pioneer designer also focuses on women empowerment. For her collection “Women for Change”, she worked with female prisoners and San Patrignano drug dependency program. Recently, the British designer won the Royal Award for the Ethically-Focused Fashion.
4. Bode of Emily Adams Bode – Menswear
Born in Atlanta, Emily Adams Bode is a menswear designer from New York. The designer holds duel-degree in menswear design and philosophy. Her brand Bode works on the modern silhouette with female centric tradition of quilting and mending. Each piece is tailored-made in New York and New Delhi. In 2018, she was the runner-up in the CDFA Vogue Fashion Fund.
5. Boramy Viguier – Menswear
Boramy Viguier is a half French and half Cambodian designer who graduated from Central Saint Martins. During his education, he did his internship under Alexandra McQueen and Craig Green. In 2018 he launched his own menswear label. Recently he presented his third collection in London and Paris.
6. Duran Lantink – Gender-neutral
Duran Lantink is best known for his collage and upcycling techniques that he incorporates in his designs. He curates his collection with sustainable, innovative and ethical practices.
7. Eftychia of Eftychia Karamolegkou – Womenswear
Eftychia Karamolegkou is a Greek designer who graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. She then pursued for her Masters from Central Saint Martins. Prior to her Masters, the designer interned under Mary Katrantzou, Marques Ameida and Antonio Marras. In 2017, she was selected for the 1 Granary’s VOID exhibition in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her womenswear fashion label Eftychia offers relaxed tailored design which is subtle with great detailing. Her designs are available all across US, UK, Japan and Korea.
8. Germanier of Kevin Germanier – Womenswear
Kevin Germanier works on offering elegant and sophisticated womenswear which is made of 100% upcycled and ethical materials- pearls, tulle, cotton, plastic thread, shoe base, rocks and many more. His designs set an example that the sustainable fashion can be glamorous.
9. Hed Mayner – Gender-neutral
Hed Mayner is a menswear designer who focuses on substantial and stylish wardrobe of everyday separates. His designs emphasizes on comfort and self-expression. His collection includes sleeveless jackets, jeans, draped white t-shirt, roomy bomber, etc.
10. Hu of Caroline Hu – Womenswear
New York based designer Caroline Hu’s luxury label Hu is a womenswear label founded in 2018. The designer works around the craftsmanship of the advanced customization with the touch of romantic attitude towards daily life. Hu focuses on the independence, consciousness and soul freedom of a woman.
11. Kanghyuk of Kanghyuk Choi and Sanglak Shon – Menswear
Designer Kanghyuk Choi met Sanglak Shon during their MA course in Royal College of Arts and they established their brand “Kanghyuk” straight after their graduation in 2016. The concept of the brand is to use the materials in their purest forms. Both designers are originally from Korea.
12. Kenneth Ize of Kenneth Izedonmwen – Gender-neutral
The label Kenneth Ize focuses on reinterpreting Nigerian crafts to create an original perspective on luxury production within textile and fashion. They work with the group of Nigerian artisans and weavers. Kenneth Ize founded by Kenneth Izedonmwen aims towards the establishment of Nigerian tradition.
13. Kiko Kostadinov – Menswear
Kiko Kostadinov is a menswear label based in London. The label focuses on curating intricate garments with details and pattern cutting for contemporary menswear aesthetics. Originally from Bulgaria, Kiko completed his graduation from Central Saint Martins. In 2016, Kiko Kostadinov became the first menswear student to be awarded the New Gen Men British Fashion Council Support. In the same year, the designer was appointed by the British heritage brand Mackintosh for their new designer line Mackintosh 0001.
14. Lecavalier of – Womenswear
Designer Marie-Eve Lecavalier founded her label “Lecavalier” in 2016. The designer worked with designer Ying Gao, Alexandra McQueen and Raf Simons during her graduation. In 2018, the designer was awarded with the Chloe Prize at the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
15. Phipps of Spencer Phipps – Gender-neutral
Born in San Francisco, Spencer Phipps is an American based designer who graduated from Parsons School of Design. During his graduation, he was nominated as the “designer of the year” for his final year collection. Initially he began his career with Marc Jacobs in the menswear department. The designer founded his menswear brand “Phipps” in 2017.
16. Paria/Farzaneh of Paria Farzaneh – Menswear
British designer Paria Farzaneh works around her exploration of Persian heritage. Through her collections from past four seasons, the designer smudged the lines between the western and eastern fashion. Paria was selected as the British Fashion Council’s New Gen “One to watch” in 2018.
17. Richard Malone – Womenswear
Richard Malone is an Irish designer based in London who bound himself to sustainability and is strictly against the mass production. His collection always released in the limited numbers. He believes in investing on the innovation of new fabrics. His collections are highly collectable and are in some of the world’s greatest museums such as The Design Museum London, The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Wool Museum and The Design and Craft Council. His designs are deeply rooted to the age-old weaving techniques, natural dyes, ocean wastes, and handwoven textiles.
18. Stefan Cook of Stefan Cook and Jake Burt – Menswear
Stefan Cook is a London based menswear brand founded by Stefan Cook and his partner Jake Burt. In 2018, Stefan Cook received the H&M Design Award after he graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017. His collection for the Masters was critically acclaimed. Cook was named as the joint recipient of the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award at the CSM MA Fashion Show at the London Fashion Week 2017.
19. Susan Fang – Womenswear
Susan Fang founded her womenswear brand “Susan Fang” in 2017 after she graduated from Central Saint Martins. Her each collection features the combination of colours, innovative textiles, and silhouettes. She previously worked with renowned fashion labels like Kei Kagami, Celine and Stella McCartney
20. Thebe Magugu – Womenswear
The South African based designer Thebe Magugu is one the last shortlisted participants of the 2019 LVMH Prize. He studies fashion designing, fashion photography and fashion media from LISOF. Two years after his graduation, Thebe Magugu started his own label “Thebe Magugu”- a South African fashion brand primarily for women’s ready-to-wear.
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