Last year, it was designers Thomas Tait, Nikita and Tina Sutradhar of the brand Miuniku, and Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air who took home the top three awards from LVMH’s inaugural Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Good news: The contest is back for round two. Aiming to handpick the best rising new fashion talent, the competition presents one winner with a 300,000 euro grant along with a yearlong mentorship from the LVMH team. The jury is comprised of nine creative directors of LVMH fashion houses—Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), and Jonathan Anderson (Loewe)—as well as Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (adviser to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH), and Pierre-Yves Roussel (chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group). In other words, consider this a career jump start unlike anything else.
Just ask last year’s special prize winner Shayne Oliver, who explains that the opportunity not only provided the resources necessary to build the Hood by Air brand, but also instant recognition in the luxury world. As he puts it, “Our voice went from claiming luxury through our ideas to becoming a luxury business in the eyes of LVMH and the world.” Oliver says that receiving this all-encompassing professional perspective is one of the tools that will most help Hood by Air’s future. “We’ve had the opportunity to share our ideas and plans with them and have a real open dialogue on how to grow, which is essential for a young company.”
Applicants must be under the age of 40 and have presented and sold at least two women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collections. Find out more information about the contest and apply beginning today here.
—Liza Darwin, Style.com