It’s official! Marques’Almeida is the 2015 winner of the LVMH Prize. After deliberation by the judges—Delphine Arnault, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Anderson, Carol Lim, Humberto Leon, Jean-Paul Claverie, and Pierre-Yves Roussel—Marques’Almeida was presented the LVMH Prize by actress Natalie Portman this morning at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The pair will receive 300,000 euros in addition to a year-long mentorship from the LVMH Group spanning all areas of the business, from production to press.
“Thank you very much. This is a huge shock and a huge honor,” began Marta Marques from the podium after winning the award. “We feel absolutely blessed.” This marks the first major prize for the house, which was established in 2011 after Marques and her design partner, Paulo Almeida, graduated from Central Saint Martins. The line is famous for its denim pieces—a favorite among the street-style set—and has recently been expanding into new textiles and accessories. (You may have spied its Fall 2015 brocades on the party circuit already.)
Also honored at the ceremony was Jacquemus, which won an unplanned special prize from the jury. The other semifinalists were Arthur Arbesser, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, and Vetements.
Check back for more updates from the LVMH Prize ceremony on Style.com today.
—Steff Yotka, Style.com