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EXCLUSIVE: LVMH Announces Its Twelve Fashion Prize Finalists

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The panel of experts has spoken, the votes are in, and today we can announce the twelve talents who will move on to the final round of the heated LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition. Atto by Julien Dossena, CG by Chris Gelinas, Gabriele Colangelo, Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air, Jacquemus by Simon Porte Jacquemus, Miuniku by Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Thomas Tait, Tillmann Lauterbach, Tim Coppens, Simone Rocha, Suno by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, and Vika Gazinskaya will go head-to-head for the award’s 300,000 euro grant. A slideshow of the designers’ looks is available here.

But wait, you might be thinking. Weren’t there only supposed to be ten finalists? Yes, but LVMH’s team of forty industry insiders simply could not decide after surveying the work of the competition’s thirty semifinalists during an event at Paris fashion week. “It’s so hard,” offered Louis Vuitton’s executive vice president Delphine Arnault, who has been spearheading the initiative. “When we compiled the votes, four designers all had the same amount, so we let twelve in. I think it’s good.” We’re sure the finalists would agree.

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The dozen men’s and womenswear designers, who hail from round the globe, will each have fifteen minutes to present their Fall ’14 collections at the LVMH headquarters in May. Judges including Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, and others will consider their efforts, and later choose a winner. “All the [LVMH Prize] designers are really enthusiastic,” offered Arnault. “I’m sure the contestants are nervous, but at the same time, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet all these people.” In a room filled with powerhouses like that, we’d be nervous, too, but the final twelve can take solace in the fact that at least one prestigious juror has been in their shoes. “Karl [Lagerfeld] started his career after winning a prize, but he told me there were 200,000 applicants, not 1,200 as we’ve had,” relayed Arnault. “Karl even had to sit and draw in front of the judges to prove that someone else hadn’t done his sketches for him.” As for the eighteen semifinalists who didn’t make the cut, they can take solace in the fact that they’re eligible to apply again next year. “I’m sure they must be very disappointed, but I hope they see it as an opportunity. And I hope we helped them to make some key connections in the industry.”

Photos: Courtesy of LVMH

The Split-Second Preview: Suno

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections kick off in New York today, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Suno

WHO: Suno, designed by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Friday, February 7

WHAT: “New money gypsy with techno modern flair.”— Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis. The designers sent us a peek at one of their Fall ’14 prints, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Suno

Stop-Motion Catwalk: Suno

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Friday night, Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis unveiled their “African maximalist” Spring ’14 collection in New York. Before the new looks hit the runway, director and videographer Meagan Cignoli trailed the duo as they put the final touches on things. “We actually started with African Bakuba cloths, and somehow took them to a whole other place,” says Beatty of the design process.

Cignoli’s stop-motion video, the first in a series commissioned by Swarovski, makes its exclusive debut here. We’ll be premiering two more films from the project—which highlights New York-based Swarovski Collective designers including Prabal Gurung and Wes Gordon—later this week.

The Split-Second Preview: Suno

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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

SUNO

WHO: Suno, designed by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Friday, September 6

WHAT: “African Maximalism—a little bit tribal, a little forties, a lot of color!”— Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty. The designers sent us a glimpse of their Spring collection, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Suno

Suno Keeps On Giving

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Max Osterweis , Shantell Martin, and Erin Beatty

In addition to vivid palettes and eclectic prints, one might say that altruism has become part of Suno‘s DNA. Five years ago, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty founded their New York-based label in order to help create jobs in Kenya (they currently produce a portion of their garments there, as well as in Peru and India). But the duo decided that they wanted to make a difference in their own community, too. And with their latest project—a series of cotton T-shirts ($75) and silk dresses ($395) designed in collaboration with artist Shantell Martin—they’re doing just that. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the limited-edition capsule, which will be available from today on SunoNY.com, will be donated to Apple Arts—a Brooklyn-based charity that offers free arts education to children living in New York’s homeless shelters. “I think we have always tried to give back in certain ways, whether it be the way we produce or something else,” offered Beatty. “So this time, we were trying to give back locally,” added Osterweis. Continue Reading “Suno Keeps On Giving” »