The LVMH Prize 2024 Semi-Finalists, Gap Taps Zac Posen, and more news you missed

The LVMH Prize 2024 Semi-Finalists
The 2024 semi-finalists of the LVMH Prize have been announced, selected from a record number of entries of over 2,500 candidates. Twenty brands have been selected and all candidates hail from 18 countries, including Mexico, Moldova, and Togo for the very first time. Once again, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their eight favorite candidates to advance to the finals. The jury consists of an 85-member group of industry professionals and the 20 semifinalists will present their collections during Paris Fashion Week on February 29th and March 1st. The winner of this year’s LVMH Prize will receive an endowment of 400,000 euros along with a one-year mentorship by a dedicated LVMH team. Additionally, the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize will be awarded 200,000 euros alongside a one-year mentorship, and the Savoir-Faire Prize will recognize a young brand for exceptional craftsmanship, technical expertise, and innovation, also providing 200,000 euros and a one-year mentorship. Former winners of the prize are S.S. Daley, Nensi Dojaka, Thebe Magugu, and Wales Bonner. [LVMH Prize]

Here are the semi-finalists:
Agobly by Jacques Agbobly
Aubero by Julian Louie
Campillo by Patricio Campillo
Chiahung Su by Chia Hung Su
Duran Lantink by Duran Lantink
Elena Velez by Elena Velez
Fidan Novruzova by Fidan Novruzova
Hodakova by Ellen Hodavoka Larsson
JiyongKim by Jiyong Kim from South Korea
Karoline Vitto by Karoline Vitto
Khoki by Koki Abe from Japan
Marie Adam-Leenaerdt by Marie Adam-Leenaerdt
Niccolò Pasqualetti by Niccolò Pasqualetti
Paolo Carzana by Paolo Carzana
Pauline Dujancourt by Pauline Dujancourt by Derek Cheng and Alex Po
Standing Ground by Michael Stewart
Vautrait by Yonathan Carmel
Who Decides War by Everard Best and Tela D’Amore Best
Ya Yi by Yayi Chen Zhou.

Gap Taps Zac Posen as Creative Director
Five years after his brand shuttered, Zac Posen has been appointed as the creative director of Gap Inc., the parent company of Old Navy, Athleta, and Banana Republic. Posen has been chosen as a cultural curator and creative partner to Richard Dickson, the president and CEO of Gap Inc. Additionally, Posen will serve as the chief creative officer of Old Navy, overseeing the brand’s design, merchandising, and marketing efforts. Dickson said that Posen’s “technical expertise and cultural clarity have consistently evolved American fashion, making him a great fit for the company as we ignite a new culture of creativity across the portfolio and reinvigorate our storied brands.” This marks a notable comeback for Posen, formerly a judge on Project Runway and whose designs were recently featured in the latest episode of FX series, Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans, set at Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball held at the Plaza Hotel. In recent years, he has focused on creating costume looks and engaging in various partnerships and collaborations, including designing costumes for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Despite his absence from the fashion calendar, Posen’s new role at Gap Inc. represents a significant opportunity for him to reestablish his design presence in the industry. [W Magazine]

Charles de Vilmorin Set to Debut RTW Line at PFW
Charles de Vilmorin is poised to unveil his inaugural ready-to-wear line during Paris Fashion Week, showcasing his collection at the Sphère showroom. The French designer rose to prominence amidst the pandemic with his patchwork quilted bomber jackets, inspired by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. His talent swiftly garnered recognition, landing him as a finalist for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers and securing a spot on ANDAM’s shortlist. Following these accolades, Rochas appointed him as creative director shortly after the launch of his eponymous brand, although he parted ways with the role after a two-year tenure. For his Fall/Winter 2024 collection, de Vilmorin is shifting focus towards cleaner silhouettes. He said, “I want to lay the foundation of my wardrobe for this first time, then have things evolve around that, step by step.” The line will encompass 25 pieces, including three dresses, denim shorts, shirting, a trench coat, and, naturally, variations of his signature bomber jackets. [WWD]

Jacquemus Anniversary Show Location Reveal
After Simon Porte Jacquemus’ stunning Spring 2024 show at the Fondation Maeght art museum in the South of France and his recent Neiman Marcus Award for Innovation in Fashion, Jacquemus is now preparing for his next runway presentation. This time, he will mark the 15th anniversary of his eponymous brand with an intimate event scheduled for June 10 at Casa Malaparte, the Italian villa perched on a clifftop in Capri. It will be the villa’s inaugural fashion show. The collection draws inspiration from one of Jacquemus’s favorite films, “Le Mépris” (“Contempt”) by Jean-Luc Godard. Notably, the villa was previously visited by Karl Lagerfeld in 1997, who documented the site through a series of Polaroids later published in book form by Steidl in 1998. [WWD]

Marni Partners with Coty
Marni has forged a beauty partnership with Coty. Under this agreement, Coty, a beauty company, will develop, produce, and distribute beauty products for Marni. The first items under this new licensing agreement are slated for release in 2026. Sue Nabi, Coty’s chief executive, emphasized Marni’s “pedigree for creativity, innovation, and a youthful approach to luxury,” highlighting the brand’s strong presence in Asia and Europe. She also noted that the agreement aligns with Coty’s strategic direction of “focusing on fashion-driven licenses with multi-category potential.”In recent times, beauty conglomerates have been specializing rather than acting as generalists. L’Oréal and Unilever, for example, have divested several non-core brands to concentrate on fewer strategic areas. Coty’s signing of an agreement to relaunch Marc Jacobs Beauty last year exemplifies this trend. Moreover, the partnership with Marni represents a strategic strengthening of ties with Marni’s parent company, OTB Group, as Coty renewed its fragrance license with the Italian fashion label Jil Sander. [BoF]

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