LVMH has finally narrowed down its shortlist of 21 designers, announcing the eight finalists for the French luxury group's annual Prize for Young Fashion Designers on Tuesday, and we're happy to report that it's quite the diverse mix. While this season had a strong group of semifinalists in the menswear realm — 10 total, most of whom are streetwear-influenced — only two were selected for the final round. A unisex label is also up for the LVMH Prize, while the rest of the five finalists specialize in womenswear. Copenhagen-based Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen is the first Danish designer to ever reach this level in the competition.
"This year's selection clearly illustrates the existence of a truly international fashion, beyond borders," said LVMH's Delphine Arnault, who supervises the selection committee, in a statement. "I wish all the finalists good luck: it will be hard for the Jury to decide between them during the final on June 16. I also wish to congratulate the semifinalists for their involvement and their genuine enthusiasm."
Indeed, on June 16 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the eight finalists will meet the members of the Jury, including designers like Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Pheobe Philo and Riccardo Tisci. A final winner will be selected at the end of the day to receive 300,000 euros (about $325,000 at current exchange) plus a year of mentoring from LVMH, along with three recipients who will have the chance to join a LVMH group design studio for up to one year.
Click through the gallery below to learn more about each of the finalists up for the 2017 LVMH Prize.