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British designer S.S. Daley wins top LVMH Prize

By Don-Alvin Adegeest

Jun 7, 2022


Image: LVMH Prize winners via LVMH website

LVMH unveiled the recipients of its much-coveted prize, which took place on June 2 and was presented by Australian actress Cate Blanchett. British designer Steven Stokey Daley took home the top prize for his fledgling men’s and women’s wear brand S.S. Daley.

A 300,000 euro prize and mentorship

In the jury sat a roster of artistic directors from LVMH’s leading fashion houses, including Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Kim Jones, Stella McCartney, Nigo et Silvia Venturini Fendi. Also on the jury were Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of LVMH's Fashion Group. Daley will take home a 300,000 euro cash prize and a one-year mentorship from LVMH’s talent team of managers.

Now in its ninth edition, the jury also awarded the Karl Lagerfeld Prize to Eli Russell Linnetz, 31, an American designer based in Venice Beach, founder of the womenswear, menswear and genderless brand ERL, and to Idris Balogun, 29, an American designer based in New York, founder of the menswear brand Winnie New York. Each will receive 150,000 euros and enjoy a one-year mentorship by the LVMH Group.

Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, said in a statement: “I am very happy that Steven Stokey Daley has won the LVMH 2022 Prize for his brand, S.S. Daley. He appropriates the codes of tailoring by playing with the clichés of upper-class English culture. This year, the jury has decided to award the Karl Lagerfeld Prize to the designer Eli Russell Linnetz for his brand ERL who draws from the culture of Venice Beach and his native California to create joyful, cool and sensual clothes, and to Idris Balogun for Winnie New York, who revamps the codes of a colourful elegance, inspired by the staples of menswear."

Sustainable initiatives were also rewarded in conjunction with luxury fabric re-sale platform Nona Source. To support the winners in integrating sustainability into their design processes, each will receive further mentoring and an allowance of 20,000 and 10,0000 euros, respectively.

The tenth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will be held in 2023.

Special mentions for three recent graduates

As part of its support for young fashion talents from their earliest stages and as part of the 2022 LVMH Prize itself, three special mentions have been awarded to recently graduated fashion student Filippo Bendanti from the Università Iuav di Venezia (Venice); Miriam Griffiths, graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins (London); and Valeria Pasco, graduated from Les Ateliers Alix, (Paris).

These three young designers will receive 10,000 euros and the possibility of joining one of LVHM’s ready-to-wear studios, including Dior women’s, Louis Vuitton women’s and Dior men’s.

This article was originally published on FashionUnited.com and adapted by Andrea Byrne.

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