As if it's not exciting enough for young designers to be able to apply to win an award from LVMH, the fashion conglomerate selected 40 of the top fashion experts in the world to meet a handpicked selection of 30 applicants during Paris Fashion Week. Of those 30 names, only 12 were selected as finalists for the award. Some designers you might recognize: Hood by Air, Simone Rocha, Vika Gazinskaya, Suno, and Tim Coppens. See the full list of LVMH applicants here.
The short-list of designers will present their works to the jury in May for a final selection of the winner. So who are the panelists? Pretty much the cocktail party of your fantasies. Let's start with eight creative directors from LVMH, including Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs of Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo, Phoebe Philo of Céline, Raf Simons of Dior, and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. Read on for the full list of panelists.
Charlotte Stockdale, stylist
Tomoki Sukezane, stylist
Natalia Vodianova, supermodel and philanthropist
Louise Wilson, course director of the fashion MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Dasha Zhukova, editor in chief of Garage Magazine and founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art