Marques’ Almeida takes home the 2015 LVMH prize
The LVMH prize, while only in it’s 2nd year, has quickly become one of the most prestigious awards in fashion. Notable for recognizing established young designers, the LVMH prize solidifies their reputation and provides up and coming creative visionaries with a platform to further their careers. This year, the Portuguese designer Marques’ Almeida were the recipients of the distinguished title. Known for their frayed denim and use of the leather, the innovative team (and street style favorite) even landed a collaboration with Topshop last year.
Last night in Paris, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the founders of the London based fashion label, were handed the award by actress Natalie Portman. As a part of the prize, the two will receive 300,000 Euros and a year of coaching from fashion executives at Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, the largest sponsors of the contest. The international competition received almost a thousand applications that were judged by the all-star jury of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Raf Simons.
Although Marques and Almeida took home the gold, they were not the only winners last night. French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, creator of his line Jacquemus, was awarded the jury prize, as well as 150,000 Euros and a year of coaching. Jacquemus, who is famous for his use of stripes and asymmetrical hemlines, has encapsulated the idea of the French it-girl in an playful yet modern way.
We couldn’t be happier for these talented designers. We’ve had our eye on them for some time and we’re glad we weren’t the only ones.
Photo of Marques’Almeida S/S 15 by Alessandro Garofalo
Photo of Jacquemus S/S 15 by Sonny Vandevelde