The fifth edition of the LVMH prize is well on its way. A panel of 48 international industry experts—including Business of Fashion’s Tim Blanks, Suzy Menkes (Vogue), Carine Roitfeld (CR Fashion Book), and newly appointed member Bella Hadid, met with 20 shortlisted designers earlier this month in Paris where they selected this year’s finalists.
Apparently, the decision wasn’t all that easy—so much so that the list of finalists was extended to nine rather than eight designers. According to Delphine Arnault, “The quality and the standard of the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize made it difficult for our experts to narrow down the selection.”
The 2018 selection is admittedly more diverse than previous editions as it includes three gender-neutral brands: Doublet, Ludovic De Sain Sernin, and Mathew Adams Dolan alongside two womenswear designers, two menswear designers (A-COLD-WALL and Botter), and two unisex designers (Charles Jeffrey Loverboy and Eckhaus Latta) – with almost half of them based in London.
The finalists are set to meet with a jury on June 6th to present their work at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, where the winner will be chosen.
See the full list of finalists below:
A-COLD-WALL by British designer Samuel Ross (Menswear)
BOTTER by Dutch designers Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh (Menswear)
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by British designer Charles Jeffrey (Womenswear and Menswear)
DOUBLET by Japanese designer Masayuki Ino (Gender-Neutral)
ECKHAUS LATTA by American designers Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus (Womenswear and Menswear)
KWAIDAN EDITIONS by French and American-Vietnamese designers Léa Dickely & Hung La (Womenswear)
LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN by French designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin (Gender-Neutral)
MATTHEW ADAMS DOLAN by American designer Matthew Adams Dolan (Gender-Neutral)
ROKH by South Korean designer Rok Hwang (Womenswear)