London-based womenswear brand, Marques’Almeida, founded by Portuguese
designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, has been named as the winner of
the second annual LVMH Prize.
The duo beat off competition from other London-based designers
including Craig Green and Faustine Steinmetz, as well as Milan-based Arthur
Arbesser, Off-White, and Parisian labels Jacquemus and Vetements. As
winners, the Portuguese designers receive a grant of 300,000 euros, plus a
year of coaching from executives at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The award from the luxury conglomerate aims to support “tomorrow’s
stars” and this year’s winner was chosen by a judging panel that included
Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Riccardo
Tisci, Marc Jacobs, Delphine Arnault, Jonathan Anderson, Carol Lim,
Humberto Leon, Jean-Paul Claverie, and Pierre-Yves Roussel.
Commenting on the win, Marques said: “It’s such a huge honour, coming
from this judging panel. These are the people who we’ve always looked up
to. It’s extra special knowing they chose us.”
Louis Vuitton designer Ghesquière, and judging panel member added:
“They’ve got a strong voice, they’re very innovative. They already sell
well, and I’m sure they will continue to do so.”
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More than 1,000 designers entered the competition, which is open to
designers under 40 years old who have presented and sold at least two
collections of men’s or women’s ready-to-wear, and the aim is for the
luxury conglomerate to help grow the winning brand into a global luxury
There was an initial round during Paris Fashion Week, which saw 26
semi-finalists showcasing their collections, before being whittled down to
eight finalists, and then those designers each took part in a morning of
presentations before the winner was announced at an event held at the Louis
In addition to the overall winner, LVMH also awarded French womenswear
brand, Jacquemus, founded by self-taught designer Simon Porte Jacquemus
with this year’s Special Prize, giving him 150,000 euros.
The first winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers was
awarded to Thomas Tait. Last year there were also two special prizes
awarded to Miuniki and the Hood by Air label.
Images: LVMH and Marques’Almeida Instagram