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LVMH Prize Front Runners: Meet the Eight Finalists

LVMH has narrowed down the competition, announcing the eight finalists out of around 1,900 entrants for its Young Fashion Designers Prize for 2022. Around 70 international experts weighed in on the designs of the 19 semi-finalists to select just eight candidates for the prestigious prize.

Aimed at supporting “tomorrow’s rising stars”, the LVMH Prize will grant the winner a one-year mentorship and a €300,000 endowment, approximately A$437,500.


With a career spanning more than a decade, Ashlynn Park has worked for the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander Wang and Raf Simons. Applying Eastern techniques to feminine and timeless designs, Ashlynn’s eponymous label is a zero-waste luxury brand with a “confident, modern interpretation of traditional tailoring.”


Based in California’s Venice Beach, ERL is the bold and brightly coloured ready-to-wear brand by Eli Russell Linnetz. The designer of A$AP Rocky’s Met Gala look, ERL has gained the attention of fashion-forward celebrities while expanding his brand to encapsulate womenswear, accessories and even childrenswear since launching in 2020.


Launched by Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault, KNWLS is a London-based brand that has become well-known for its sensual body-con designs and bold prints. KNWLS has been worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Dua Lipa, Beyonce and Jorja Smith.


Based in Tokyo, Ryunosuke’s jaw-dropping designs explore the relationship between people and Shintoism. According to LVMH, the Hiroshima born and raised designer doesn’t draw his designs, but rather begins working with his hands to create his signature sculptural dresses.

Róisín Pierce

Exploring Irish women’s history and traditional craftsmanship, Róisín Pierce’s designs have earned the Irish designer a number of design awards, including the Chanel Métiers d’Art design accolade. Using zero-waste techniques, Pierce creates delicate and textural designs in Ireland.

S.S. Daley

After making his London Fashion Week debut this year, Steven Stokey-Daley has deservedly captured media attention with his thought-provoking designs. Exploring British elitism, S.S. Daley’s designs challenge the traditional codes of menswear and feature donated fabrics.

Tokyo James

Founded in 2015, Tokyo James is a luxury label brought to life by British-Nigerian designer Iniye Tokyo James. His most recent collection at Milan Fashion Week brought bursts of neon, up-cycled jackets, soccer boots and funky sunglasses.

Winnie NY

Working for brands like Burberry and Tom Ford, Idris Balogun’s label Winnie NY is informed by the American designer’s fine tailoring skills and Nigerian heritage. Focused on creating timeless pieces that are made to stand the test of time, Winnie NY’s pieces are marked by high quality.

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