In a press release, Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and the founder of the Prize, said, “This year, once more, the semi-finalists impressed us with their creativity and their commitment to creating clothes that are respectful of the environment… The eight finalists all have in common to be very talented in their respective fields and to aspire to enhance know-how.”
A top-line analysis indicates that five of the finalists make womenswear, with the other three focused on menswear. Gender-neutral fashion isn’t the big story it was a couple of years ago, but sustainability and responsible design continue to be a priority for many of this year’s contenders. Of the several duos and trios in the semi-finalist pool only Chopova Lowena’s British and Bulgarian-American twosome remain. Bulgaria and India are represented on the list for the first time, and South Africa has its second-ever finalist in the form of Sindiso Khumalo, following Thebe Magugu’s win last year.
The finalists will meet the LVMH jury on 5 June in Paris, when the winner will be announced. Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, and Stella McCartney are the new designers joining a roster that includes Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, and Clare Waight Keller, as well as Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie, and Sidney Toledano.
Meet the finalists here.
Ahluwalia by Priya Ahluwalia (British designer of menswear based in London)
Casablanca by Charaf Tajer (French designer of menswear based in London)
Chopova Lowena by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena (Bulgarian-American designer and British designers of womenswear based in London)
Nicholas Daley by Nicholas Daley (British designer of menswear based in London)
Peter Do by Peter Do (American designer of womenswear based in New York)
Sindiso Khumalo by Sindiso Khumalo (South African designer of womenswear based in Cape Town)
Supriya Lele by Supriya Lele (British-Indian designer of womenswear based in London)
Tomo Koizumi by Tomotoka Koizumi (Japanese designer of womenswear based in Tokyo)