Two Chinese fashion designers selected as LVMH Prize semi-finalists

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Last week, French luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) named two Chinese designers among the semi-finalists of the 2022 LVHM Prize, a global competition for young fashion designers.

Twenty emerging designers have been selected for the semi-finals of the ninth edition of the competition, including Peng Chen and Yueqi Qi from China. If either artist makes the final cut, it will be the first time a Chinese designer has received the award.

At the controls of 75 prestigious brands, or Houses as they are also called, such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi and Givenchy, the multinational has organized the LVMH prize every year since 2013.

According to LVMH websitethe winners are selected for their “new talent essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem”.

The winner receives a one-year mentorship and a cash prize of 300,000 EUR (approx. 341,085 USD). A second designer will receive the Karl Lagerfeld Prize of 150,000 EUR (approximately 169,872 USD) and a one-year mentorship.

So who are the young Chinese talents selected by LVMH this year?

Peng Chen

Chen launched her London-based unisex fashion brand CHENPENG in 2015 after completing a Masters in Menswear Design Technology at the London College of Fashion.

He quickly became one of the leading young designers in China, with over 100 outlets sell their brand all over the world.

Chen’s collections focus on seasonal outerwear, with eclectic puffer jackets as the centerpiece. Her designs follow the notion of “one size fashion” in an inclusive attempt to represent different body sizes.

As if being an LVMH finalist wasn’t prestigious enough, Chen’s pieces were also Featured at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Yueqi Qi

Qi graduate knitwear from Central Saint Martins in 2018 and founded eponymous brand one year later.

According to her websiteQi’s first collection debuted at Shanghai Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020.

Recently she has collaborated with Gucci for Gucci Safe and dressed young celebrities like Eileen Gu and Zhong Feifei for vogue china editorial shooting.

Qi is experienced in knitting and beadwork, and she focuses on the mutation and creolization of Chinese tradition.

“I think it’s interesting how various elements of culture can be emulsified over time,” she said in a recent maintenance.

The 20 semi-finalists will present their collections in Paris on March 4 and 5. The event will take place simultaneously in digital, and everyone will be able to discover the creators and vote for their favorite from March 4 to 9 on the dedicated website.

The eight finalists will be determined by votes from experts and the general public.

Cover photo via Twitter: Yueqi Qi FW21 Ad Campaign

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