As you might’ve already heard, Nigeria’s own Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture, Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh and African-produced ethical label, Suno, have made the group of 30 finalists competing for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.
As reported a couple of weeks ago on SPICE’s Fashion 360 show (which you can catch daily, at 9pm), LVMH introduced their new international award initiative to nurture emerging talent within the design community. After 1221 designers applied from all over the world, Oke-Lawal, Osakwe and the team at Suno have made LVMH’s shortlist, from which the winner will be picked by a selection of high profile creative directors, including Natalie Massenet, Carine Roitfeld, Carla Sozzani and Patrick Demarchelier, to name a few.
The 30 remaining contenders will be flown to Paris on the 26th and 27th of this month to display eight looks from their most recent collections in the auditorium at LVMH’s headquarters. From there, the winner will be chosen to receive an investment of 300,000 euros and mentoring in all areas of their brand for an entire calendar year.
Let us all keep our fingers crossed for Orange Culture, Maki Oh and Suno…
Image source: Orange-culture.com, Sunony.com, Maki-oh.com