Continuing through today, the semi-finalists of this year’s LVMH Prize, selected from around 1,900 applicants, have set up stall on Avenue Montaigne | Source: LVMH

Meet 2022’s LVMH Prize Semi-Finalists

The semifinalists of the uber-competitive LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers have been short-listed, their groundbreaking work available to be viewed online with the eight finalists to be announced at the end of March.

There were around 1,900 entrants from across the globe in 2022 for what will be the 9th edition of the prize, created by fashion elegant Delphine Arnault.

The eight finalists will return to Paris later this year for the final at the Foundation Louis Vuitton where their work will be judged by a jury consisting of some of the biggest names in fashion like mogul Bernard Arnault, LVMH group advisor Jean-Paul Claverie and veteran executive Sidney Toledano.

To have this moment, once a year, where all the designers are together with my father is lovely. It’s great also to understand each one’s perspective on creativity and design and why they support one designer finalist

Delphine Arnault said

The winner of the prize will receive an endowment of €300,000 as well as one year of mentoring by a dedicated LVMH team, many of whom already boast a huge following and celebrity fan base.

Judges for the 2021 prize included some big names in the world of haute couture including Marc Jacobs and Stella MacCartney while the 2022 LVMH Prize semi-finalists feature some impressive designers who already outfit some influential figures in the world of art and fashion.

Anthony Alvarez’s Bluemarble men’s collection made its debut at Paris Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter menswear season just a few weeks ago and has been seen adorning A-listers such as Timothée Chalamet.

The designs have many varied influences from around the world, integrating streetwear, skate culture and travel into his eclectic style.

Followers of Eli Russell Linnetz’s ERL label include celebrity fans such as A$AP Rocky and Kid Cudi.

Rocky famously wore a quilt-blanket ERL product to the ultra-exclusive 2021 MET Gala event in New York to wide acclaim alongside his partner Rhianna, where the daring outfit turned heads and attracted envious glances from some of New York’s most influential figures.

UK based designer KNWLS, f.k.a Charlotte Knowles is also in the running for the prize, her slick creations providing a high-octane centrepiece for a return to live fashion shows after the pandemic with her spring 2022 ready-to-wear collection in London.

Knwls creations display soft industrial influences and often feature waist-snatching bustiers, low-rise pants cut from sheer mesh and elaborate riffs on underwear as outerwear, the clothes giving the wearer courage and confidence, reflecting Charlotte Knowles’ pragmatic attitude.

Her contemporary Maximillian, also an LVMH semifinalist has withdrawn from the prize for unknown reasons.

In what is a huge loss for the prize, Maximillian Davis, a product of Lulu Kennedy’s young designer support scheme Fashion East, based in London, has previously worked as a junior designer for Grace Wales Bonner who was the winner of the LVMH Prize in 2016.

He withdrew after being announced as a semi-finalist, his designs are stocked at major retailers such as Dover Street Market, Matchesfashion, Browns, Net-a-porter, and Ssense.

London-born designer Amesh Wijesekera made history this year as the first semi-finalist to hail from the country of Sri Lanka and his handmade textures using knitwear and crochet make him a designer to watch out for in 2022.

Paris-based German designer Victor Weinsanto is inspired by various forms of entertainment such as cabaret and dance.

He likes to imbue his creations with a sense of fun and brings his background in performing art to the table when designing his colourful collections, his models are often muses and friends from different creative backgrounds.

“For this edition I’m really happy because you can see people again; meet them, see their collections up close, see the shapes and volumes, and touch the clothes… this is really an essential part of the LVMH Prize,” Delphine Arnault said of this years return to a physical showing of garments.

Some new judges for the 9th edition of the prize are from the most up-to-date fashion sources like Instagram fashion director, Eva Chen, Interview editor-in-chief, Mel Ottenberg, and photographic portrait artist Cindy Sherman.

They will judge the semi-finalist’s entries in-person at Avenue Montaigne where the semi-finalists will be showing their work, meters from the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The twenty brands chosen to be semi-finalists are from thirteen different countries; Belgium, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Sri Lanka.

Delphine Arnault highlighted the distinctions of this year’s prize, including genderless brand collections as well as the traditional men’s and women’s sections, focusing on sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

“The twenty semi-finalists are driven by an optimistic and innovative vision. They all place eco-responsibility at the heart of their creative approach with the use of recycled materials, upcycling, etc. They are also very keen on integrating a more ethical production system, while some place the spotlight on local and traditional know-how. The fluidity of womenswear and menswear is another key feature of this edition.”

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