Tomo Koizumi and Area Compete for the LVMH Prize, Amber Valletta Joins British Vogue

by Aria Darcella
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Tomo Koizumi and Area Are Semi-Finalists for the 2020 LVMH Prize
After receiving 1,700 applications, LVMH has announced 20 semi-finalists for its 7th annual Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This year the competition has some splashy names: Tomo Koizumi, the Fashion Media Award-winner who charmed New York’s fashion crowed with his star-studded debut last year; and Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, the NY favorite that just presented a stunning collection last week. This year also marks the first time an Argentinian designer — Romina Cardillo of Nous Etudions — has made it to the semi-finals.

On February 27 and 28, the semi-finalists will meet with and present their work to the international panel of experts at the LVMH Group headquarters in Paris. Eight finalists will be selected to continue in the competition, and the winners will be announced on June 5. The grand prize is €300,000 ($325,548 USD) and a one-year mentorship from the LVMH team. There is also the Karl Lagerfeld Prize of €150,000 ($162,734) and a one-year mentorship. Below are the semi-finalists.

Ahluwalia by Priya Ahluwalia, British menswear designer based in London
Alled-Martinez by Archie M. Alled-Martinez, Spanish gender-neutral designer based in Paris
Area by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, American and Dutch womenswear designers based in New York
Casablanca by Charaf Tajer, French menswear designer based in London
Chopova Lowena by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena, Bulgarian-American and British womenswear designers based in London
Commission by Jin Kay, Dylan Cao and Huy Luong, Korean and Vietnamese womenswear designers based in New York
Ester Manas by Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre, French and Belgian womenswear designers based in Brussels
Helmstedt by Emilie Helmstedt, Danish womenswear designer based in Copenhagen
Kaushik Velendra, Indian menswear designer based in London
Nicholas Daley, British menswear designer based in London

Nous Etudions by Romina Cardillo, Argentinean gender-neutral designer based in Buenos Aires
Peter Do, American womenswear designer based in New York
Piero D’Angelo, Italian womenswear designer based in London
Rave Review by Josephine Bergqvist and Livia Schück, Swedish womenswear designers based in Stockholm
Samuel Gui Yang by Samuel Yang and Erik Litzén, Chinese and Swedish womenswear designers based in London
Sindiso Khumalo, South African womenswear designer based in Cape Town
Supriya Lele, British-Indian womenswear designer based in London
Tomo Koizumi by Tomotoka Koizumi, Japanese womenswear designer based in Tokyo
Vaqar by Shirin Vaqar and Shiva Vaqar, Iranian womenswear designers based in Teheran
Yuhan Wang, Chinese womenswear designer based in London

Amber Valletta Joins British Vogue (British Vogue)
Amber Valletta is the new sustainability editor of British Vogue. She will lead the editorial agenda on sustainability issues, reporting directly to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “British Vogue is disrupting the entire fashion industry,” she says. “It’s never been a more exciting time to join Edward and the team as contributing sustainability editor to support the positive conversations happening across the industry right now.”

(David Crotty/PMC)

MyTheresa to List on NYSE (Business of Fashion)
Neiman Marcus, owner of luxury etailer MyTheresa, is said to be working with Morgan Stanley to list the site on the New York Stock Exchange. Sources say the listing could happen as early as April, and the deal could be valued as high as $500 million.

DKNY Releases New Campaign With Halsey
Zoey Grossman photographed DKNY’s Spring 2020 campaign featuring Halsey. The all-female production team also included videographer Nathalie Canguilhem and stylist Zoe Costello. The ads, which also star David Alexander Flinn, pay tribute to New York through stylized versions of the city’s subways.

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