On June 16th, LVMH announces the winner of its prestigious LVMH Prize 2017 (alumni JW Anderson and, last year, Grace Wales Bonner). Encompassing the intricate Elizabethan-inspired sportswear of Syrian-born Nabil El-Nayal to the revolutionary chutzpah of Siberian Jahnkoy, this year’s finalists span countries, cultures and theoretical underpinnings. In a challenged world, the LVMH Prize celebrates the best of new pan-global talent.




MOLLY GODDARD: The must-see show at London Fashion Week for the past few seasons, Goddard’s frothy dresses debated notions of femininity, nostalgia and a universal coming of age. Traditional hand-craft techniques such as hand pleating, smocking and crocheting are delicate and fragile; the silhouettes are ever-so-slightly gauche. http://mollygoddard.com/








NABIL NAYAL: Born in Syria, designer Nabil el-Nayal combines a passion for Elizabeth craftsmanship with tech wizardry. This mix has attracted a storm of awards: the Royal Society of Arts Award, the British Fashion Council MA Scholarship Award (enabling him to study at the Royal College of Art). He’s been shortlisted for the LVMH Prize before – in February 2015. http://www.nabilnayal.com/





AMBUSH: Originally founded as a jewelry line, designer Yoon Ahn transformed her collection, based in Tokyo, into a full-fledged line of unisex clothing that drips with attitude. Now showing in New York, the label has already caught the eye of Louis Vuitton, Maison Kitsuné, Sacai, and Undercover, all of whom have collaborated with the brand. http://www.ambushdesign.com/



ATLEIN: With ten years as a womenswear designer at Balenciaga, Givenchy and Vuitton under his belt, Paris-based Antonin Tron knows luxury. A sporty but sophisticated collection in jersey landed him the ANDAM First Collection Prize last summer. Now he works with jacquards, crepes and viscose, accented by his own jewellery designs while freelancing for Demna Gvasalia at his old haunt, Balenciaga. http://www.atlein.com/







CECILIE BAHNSEN: Bahnsen once interned for John Galliano, and it shows: her last collection featured exaggerated silhouettes in ice white. She is the first Danish designer to be nominated for the prize. The RCA graduate’s pieces are elegant and effortless, with a focus on traditional techniques such as quilting, patchwork and applique. Her collection, just her third, is available at Dover Street Market. www.ceciliebahnsen.com




JAHNKOY: Siberian-born Maria Kazakova is a New York-based visual artist, whose work, redolent of revolutionary Russia, is based in the examination of consumer habits. Her predilection for recycling and repurposing, and her appreciation of craft are demonstrated in intricate and delicate embroidery, beading, weaving and crochet, merging traditional craftsmanship into everyday wear and found objects, displacing them from their usual habitat. www.jahnkoy.com

KOZABURO: Born and raised in Tokyo, Kozaburo Akasaka studied at Central Saint Martins and has just graduated the MFA degree at Parsons for fashion design. Having grown up during the 90s in Japan, Kozaburo’s aesthetic is inspired by the music subcultures and street styles he was exposed to. The potent mix of high fashion and street culture has come to define a poetic and contemporary menswear style. https://www.kozaburo.com/

MARINE SERRE: Serre is a young French-Belgian designer who graduated last year from La Cambre Mode(s) Belgian Fashion Design Academy. Her collection Radical Call for Love combines 19th century Arab luxurious garments with corporate sportswear trends of the 1990s and 2000s, and projects the result in a futurist-oriented fashion. http://marineserre.com/