Maki Oh & Adebayo Oke-Lawal Make Semi-Finals Of Luxury Group LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

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Paris-based luxury group on Thursday announced the 30 semi-finalists for its debut young designer prize, and there are some interesting names in the mix, among who are Nigerian designers Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh and Adebayo-OkeLawal of Orange Culture.

All designers selected are aged under 40, with at least two collections under their belt,

“I am extremely impressed by the quantity of applicants and by the quality of their work,” said LVMH&#39s Delphine Arnault. “The internet submission has allowed designers from all over the world to apply and as we had hoped, this selection process allowed us to discover new talents, some of them relatively unknown.”

The 30 designers will have to travel to Paris to face 40 experts (including Tim Blanks, Mariacarla Boscono, and Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung) on February 26 and 27. They will then be whittled down to a final ten who will be judged at the end of May by a panel of LVMH&#39s top creative directors including Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Phoebe Philo. It&#39s a daunting task, but we can&#39t wait to see who emerges as champion.

Here&#39s the full shortlist of the 30 Designers

1.    Anna October (Anna October, Ukrainian, based in Kiev)

2.    Atto (JulienDossena, French, based in Paris)

3.    CG (Chris Gelinas, Canadian, based in New York)

4.    Christopher Shannon (Christopher Shannon, British, based in London)

5.    Craig Green (Craig Green, American, based in London)

6.    Creatures of the Wind (Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, American, based in New York)

7.    Gabriele Colangelo (Gabriele Colangelo, Italian, based in Milan)

8.    Hellen van Rees (Hellen van Rees, Dutch, based in Hengelo)

9.    Honest by (Bruno Pieters, Belgian, based in Antwerp)

10.    Hood By Air (Shayne Olivier, American, based in New York)

11.    J JS Lee (Jackie Lee, Korean, based in London)

12.    Jacquemus (Simon Porte Jacquemus, French, based in Paris)

13.    Kye (Kathleen Kye, American, based in Seoul)

14.    Lena Lumelsky (Helena Lumelsky, Israeli, based in Antwerp)

15.    Maki Oh (AmakaOsakwe, Nigerian, based in Lagos)

16.    Marques&#39 Almeida (Marta Marques and Paolo Almeida, Portuguese, based in London)

17.    Meadham Kirchhoff (Edward Meadham, British, and Benjamin Kirchhoff, French, based in London)

18.    Minju Kim (Kim Minju, Korean, based in Antwerp)

19.    Miuniku (Tina & Nikita Sutradhar, Indian, based in Mumbaï)

20.    Orange Culture (Adebayo Okelawal, Nigerian, based in Lagos)

21.    Ostwald Helgason (Suzanne Ostwald, German, and Ingvar Helgason, Icelandic, based in London)

22.    Paskal (Julia Paskal, Ukrainian, based in Odessa)

23.    Simone Rocha (Simone Rocha, Irish, based in London)

24.    Stella Jean (Stella Maria Jean Novarino, Italian and Haitian, based in Milan)

25.    Suno (Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, American, based in New York)

26.    Thomas Tait (Thomas Tait, Canadian, based in London)

27.    TillmannLauterbach (TillmannLauterbach, German, based in Paris)

28.    Tim Coppens (Tim Coppens, American, based in New York)

29.    VikaGazinskaya (VikaGazinskaya, Russian, based in Moscow)

30.    Yang Li (Yang Li, born in China, raised in Australia, based in London and Paris)



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