Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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Gigi Hadid joins expert committee for LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

Gigi Hadid is to help judge the upcoming LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.The 24-year-old will work alongside 68 people from the world of fashion and media, including Italian model and influencer Chiara Ferragni, in an effort by the organisers of…

Gigi Hadid is to help judge the upcoming LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

The 24-year-old will work alongside 68 people from the world of fashion and media, including Italian model and influencer Chiara Ferragni, in an effort by the organisers of the competition to appeal to a younger audience.

Gigi will also serve as ambassador in March, when the semi-finalists show their collections to a panel of industry figures, according to editors at WWD.

The model joins influencers Caroline Daur and Leaf Greener, and six other newcomers, including Ibrahim Kamara, senior fashion editor at large for i-D magazine, Natalie Kingham from Matches fashion, and Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo.

Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, thanked the new additions for the “commitment” to the prestigious fashion prize.

“They are witnesses and essential actors of fashion. Their vision helps to discover the most promising talents. I would like to thank them warmly for their loyalty and commitment to our cause,” she said in a statement.

The winner will be decided by a jury comprised of designers from top LVMH fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Christian Dior, and Givenchy.

The prize is open to designers under the age of 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear.

A cash prize of $330,000 (£254,000), plus a year of coaching from experts, is up for grabs.

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Thebe Magugu wins 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

Thebe Magugu has been crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the competition open to designers from around th…

Thebe Magugu has been crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

Following an intense round of interviews and challenges, rising South African designer Magugu was bestowed with the top honour by actress Alicia Vikander at a ceremony held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am delighted that, for the first time, an African candidate has won the Prize, all the more so since Thebe Magugu, aged 26, is the youngest designer of the 2019 selection,” Delphine Arnault, head of the competition and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, said of Magugu in a statement. “His creative work appropriates the codes of menswear and womenswear, of the traditional and the experimental, playing with volumes and traditional South African know-how.”

Magugu will take home $338,000 (£275,000) and receive mentoring from executives at the company for 12 months. Israeli designer Hed Mayner, 33, was selected as runner-up and received the 2019 Karl Lagerfeld Prize. He will also enjoy a one-year mentorship programme and $165,000 (£135,000).

“The jury was also seduced by Hed Mayner’s contemporary vision. His collections question the notion of gender through an aesthetic that blends soft lines and structure, simplicity and luxury,” added Arnault.

More than 1,700 candidates applied for the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, with the six other finalists including Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage, American fashion star Spencer Phipps, Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt of British label Stefan Cooke, and Nigerian designer Kenneth Izedonmwen of Kenneth Ize.

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Naomi Campbell predicts African designer will win LVMH Prize

Naomi Campbell is sure an African designer will be crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.London-born model Naomi has been celebrating her African roots in recent times, making an appearance at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos…

Naomi Campbell is sure an African designer will be crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

London-born model Naomi has been celebrating her African roots in recent times, making an appearance at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria last year (18), as well visiting Ghana with her rumoured ex-beau Liam Payne in February.

Talking about the emerging designers in the running for the LVMH Prize, including Nigerian Kenneth Ize and South African Thebe Magugu, Naomi stated to British Vogue: “I do believe that an African designer is going to walk away with the LVMH Prize this year.

“Instead of having Western designers use African designer’s textiles and not get it right, let them do it, give them the credit. Because that’s what happens, they don’t get the credit and it’s wrong.”

The winner will be announced later this year from a shortlist of eight finalists, and will scoop 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.

Talking about her time in Africa, Naomi said she has been bowled over by the talent the continent produces.

“There are agencies here, I saw some incredible models last Arise Fashion Week in Lagos,” the 48-year-old shared. “Incredible faces who have no idea how special they are and how great they look. It’s about making them part of the bigger network by affiliating them with agencies in London, Milan, Paris and New York.”

And praising Valentino for using a diverse range of models for its spring/summer 19 show, more than half of whom were women of colour, she added: “They took four months to do the casting and you can see they put time into it. We are not a trend, we are here to stay.”

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Chiara Ferragni named as latest addition to LVMH panel

Chiara Ferragni is joining the prestigious LVMH Prize panel along with 15 other fashion figures.The Italian fashion influencer, who boasts 15.9 million Instagram followers, is being welcomed into the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) fold to help judg…

Chiara Ferragni is joining the prestigious LVMH Prize panel along with 15 other fashion figures.

The Italian fashion influencer, who boasts 15.9 million Instagram followers, is being welcomed into the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) fold to help judge the Young Fashion Designers prize.

She joins fellow newcomers British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year both prominent personalities from traditional fashion media and professionals who have succeeded in creating innovative online platforms for communication and commerce,” said LVMH’s Delphine Arnault in a statement.

There are now 62 experts sitting on the panel, with around half coming from a traditional media background, and the others from newer mediums.

“However, the titles represented also have a presence online, and the line between print and web has become increasingly blurred,” Delphine commented to WWD. “The appearance in recent years of pure web players has been a game-changer and created new platforms for fashion lovers who yearned to express something new.

“They represent fertile ground for expression and opportunity for designers. The emergence of certain pure players has been a springboard for young designers, alongside a specialist press that spots them. It was our duty to identify and support these new opportunities to support the development of young brands.”

Chiara made her name through blog The Blonde Salad, and the last few years has been tapped by Lancome, Intimissimi and Tod’s, among other brands.

Applications for the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers closes on 4 February. Previous winners include Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait.

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