The final of the 2015 LVMH Prize, which took place at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, saw design duo Marques’Almeida win the prize, and a special prize for Simon Porte Jacquemus. See some of the highlights of the emotion-packed event and learn more about the winners.
For the second consecutive year, the LVMH Prize affirmed the Group’s commitment to creating a benchmark award that encourages and nurtures the design talent of the future. The LVMH Prize jury, which Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton calls “the most fabulous jury in the world”, is made up of nine designers from LVMH Houses. Following presentations by each of the seven finalists, the jury announced their choice on May 22 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Portuguese designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida met during their studies at the CITEX fashion school in Porto. After attending Central Saint Martins College in London, they decided in April 2011 to combine their talent, creating the womenswear brand Marques’Almeida. They have previously won a NEWGEN award from the British Fashion Council and the Emerging Talent – Womenswear Award at the British Fashion Awards 2014. Their colorful and spontaneous style is inspired by streetwear, guided by impeccable craftsmanship. They receive a 300,000-euro grant and a one-year mentorship from LVMH experts. This support will help them successfully build their fast-growing brand, which recently presented its first cruise collection and will hold its first runway show in September 2015.
Simon Porte Jacquemus presented his creations during Paris Fashion Week in 2012. His brand Jacquemus, named after his mother’s maiden name, has since enjoyed growing success and is sold at numerous prestigious points of sale in France and other countries, including Le Bon Marché in Paris and Dover Street Market in London. Simon Porte Jacquemus crafts each of his collections around a specific theme. The freshness and simplicity of his clothes won over the jury, which awarded him the 2015 Special Jury Prize. He receives a grant of 150,000 euros and a year-long mentorship from LVMH experts.