LVMH's expert panel of around 40 industry-killers have chosen their 12 (yes, it was supposed to be 10) contenders for the coveted young designer prize. WWD spoke with many of the contestants to talk about their experience with the journey there. See some select quotes below and read the whole article here.
"The 12 contenders for the crown — which comes with a grant of 300,000 euros, or $415,900 at current exchange, plus a year of coaching — are CG by Chris Gelinas, Gabriele Colangelo, Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Miuniku by sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Thomas Tait, Tillmann Lauterbach, Tim Coppens, Simone Rocha, Suno by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Vika Gazinskaya, and Julien Dossena for his brand Atto. (Dossena also designs Paco Rabanne)."
“There are some that are dressier, some that are more casual, some that are more sporty. It’s a very good mix,” Arnault said in an interview. “I think it’s a really exciting list, and it reflects a variety of talents. It’s going to be interesting to hear the deliberations.”