August 21 2014

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Thomas Tait Is Top Dog, But Everyone’s a Winner at LVMH


Thomas TaitThe atmosphere at the LVMH headquarters was electric this afternoon, as reporters, photographers, finalists, jury members, and designers all mingled before the big reveal of the inaugural LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers winner. London-based Canadian designer Thomas Tait, who won the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize back in 2010, came out on top. “I was shocked,” he told us while sitting next to his gilded trophy. “I thought, Did that just happen?” Tait is now looking at 300,000 euros of financial support and a year’s worth of business mentoring and production advice, and naturally we were curious as to his next move. “A nice dinner, a good night’s sleep, and I need to call my mom and dad,” he said. But after that, he might take another step toward that handbag he’s been thinking about. Menswear, though, is “not such an emergency.”

The ten runners-up (formerly eleven, but Julien Dossena shuttered his line Atto to focus on his work at Paco Rabanne) were not forgotten—and they were awarded for their efforts. After taking the podium, LVMH’s Delphine Arnault first presented three students, Flavien Juan Nuñez, Peter Do, and Teruhiro Hasegawa, with 10,000-euro grants plus one-year internships with Dior, Céline, and Givenchy, respectively. Then, Arnault announced that the jury, which included designers Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Humberto Leon, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, and Riccardo Tisci, had decided to create a special prize of 100,000 euros each for two runners-up. Those honorees were Shayne Olivier of Hood by Air and Indian sisters Tina and Nikita Sutradhar of Miuniku. Currently based in Mumbai, the latter are moving their camp to London next year, with plans to show at London fashion week.

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Even those who walked away without a hefty purse were grateful. “It’s already been incredible in terms of exposure and meeting people—it’s like you win right out of the gate,” mused finalist Chris Gelinas. When asked about the final presentation, in which each designer, accompanied by two models, got ten minutes in front of the jury, he replied, “It felt a little like the Last Supper—all these important people lined up at one long table. I remember thinking, What did I just say to Karl Lagerfeld?

“I really appreciated the very different personalities and expressions. It was very interesting,” said jury member Ghesquière. “They all really have a vision, a story to tell, an expression, and a signature. That’s formidable. As for the jury, there was a real camaraderie,” he added, before slipping out of the room and back to work. Lagerfeld noted that the best part of the process was “having everyone all together, we never see each other because we’re working. But I hate that I want everybody to win and that’s not possible.”

“I am thrilled. It was so interesting and original. All eleven candidates were of such excellent quality; each had their style,” offered Arnault. “They are tomorrow’s great talents.” Asked if she thought the contest would draw even more than this year’s 1,221 candidatures, she replied, “I hope so!”

Photo: Getty Images; Tina Isaac-Goizé

BREAKING: Thomas Tait Takes the Inaugural LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers


taitToday in Paris, the eleven finalists for the coveted LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers gathered for the highly anticipated winners announcement. A jury including Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, and others have chosen London-based designer Thomas Tait as the top talent, awarding him a 300,000 euro prize and a year of mentoring. Both Hood by Air‘s Shayne Oliver (who’s up for a CFDA Award next week) and Nikita and Tina Sutradhar of Miuniku have also earned honorable mentions, as well as 100,000 euros each. A big congratulations to the winning designers. Stay tuned for our full report on the announcement, coming later today.

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Louis Vuitton’s Cruise ’15 Show, Live From Monaco


While members of fashion’s elite are settling into their seats at Louis Vuitton‘s Cruise show in Monaco, those of us not lucky enough to snag a coveted invite needn’t feel left behind. Take your virtual front-row perch and catch the livestream of Nicolas Ghesquière’s second collection for the French powerhouse right here at 1 p.m. EST, and check back later for pictures of the full collection and executive editor Nicole Phelps’ review.

The Best Louis Vuitton Fall ’14 Red-Carpet Moments


Jennifer ConnellyResort season is under way here at While June is jam-packed with New York appointments, some of the industry’s main players have already taken us around the world for ultra-luxe destination presentations (Chanel’s Dubai show was just a few days ago). On Saturday, Nicolas Ghesquière will decamp to Monaco for his first Louis Vuitton Resort show. Based on the success of his Fall ’14 collection (his first for Vuitton), this one promises to be a season highlight. Fall ’14 was so appealing, in fact, that many of Hollywood’s leading ladies have already worn looks straight off the runway to buzzy parties and premieres. To get hyped for this weekend’s Monaco event, we rounded up our favorite Louis Vuitton Fall ’14 red-carpet moments for your viewing pleasure. See our full edit here, and be sure to check back on Saturday night to see the Resort collection.

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

EXCLUSIVE: A Sneak Peek at Juergen Teller’s Photographs of Louis Vuitton Cruise ’15


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Editors, starlets, models, and the rest of the fashion set are currently en route to Monaco, where, at 7 p.m. CEST tomorrow evening (1 p.m. EST), Nicolas Ghesquière will present his first Cruise collection for Louis Vuitton. Naturally, we’re waiting with bated breath to see the lineup, but in the meantime, Vuitton has sent over an exclusive Juergen Teller-lensed teaser image to tide us over. Have a gander at model Alexandra donning one of the house’s Resort 15 looks, above. And be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the livestream, pictures of the full collection, and to read Nicole Phelps’ review.

Photo: Juergen Teller, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton