There are only nine of them left. Nine talented personalities competing in the tenth edition of the Grand Prix des Jeunes Créateurs de Mode of the luxury group. On June 7, only one will succeed Steven Stokey Daley as the winner of the LVMH Prize, under the great glass roof of the Fondation Vuitton.
Each year, the LVMH Prize rewards a designer who is particularly noteworthy for his or her talent, selected by a jury of artistic directors from the group’s various companies. It is supplemented by the Karl Lagerfeld Special Prize, which each year highlights young fashion school graduates.
For this tenth edition, 22 talents were preselected for the semi-final, out of 2,400 candidates.
A European and international selection
But today, there are only nine left, from 8 countries! With profiles from Italy, the UK, France and Ukraine, Europe is well represented. There are no less than six talents if we count one of the members of the duo from the Canadian brand Paolina Russo.
Jamaica made a remarkable entry into the competition via the designer Rachel Scott (Diotima). The United States, Canada and Japan complete this creative world tour.
France is represented by Burc Akyol, a Turkish-born designer who has worked in the studios of Dior, Balenciaga and Ungaro. Founder of the eponymous semi-couture house, his creations offer a dialogue between the Middle East and the West, all in purity and sensuality.
Across the Channel, British designer Aaron Esh, a graduate of London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion school, has seized upon the codes of women’s fashion to offer unisex collections through his eponymous brand.
Italy, a mecca for European craftsmanship, is represented this year by two candidates. Veronica Leoni has worked for Jil Sander, Céline and Moncler before founding her own brand, Quira. Her label has already made a name for itself in recent years, both in New York and in Milan. Wool is particularly important to her, to the point of using it in all her collections.
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