FASHION

Behind the Scenes at the LVMH Prize

In mid-March, LVMH announced the eight finalists for the third edition of the LVMH Prize for emerging designers. Now, three months later, the winners have finally emerged: Grace Wales Bonner and Vejas Kruszewski, designers of eponymous labels Wales Bonner and Vejas, were revealed as the grand prize and special prize winners of the 2016 awards. They came out on top of a crop of finalists that also included Brandon Maxwell, Facetasm, Aalto, and Y/Project — the prizegiving was an all-day affair that involved presentations in front of guests like Nicolas Ghesquière and Karl Lagerfeld, and a ceremony during which Louis Vuitton favorite Léa Seydoux presented the the grand prize. Throughout the proceedings, Ghesquière, Seydoux, the LVMH team, and many of the designers documented the whole experience on Instagram, and we’ve rounded up a few of the best, here.

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Vejas Kruszewski, Léa Seydoux, Grace Wales Bonner, and Delphine Arnault. Photo by @humbertotoo.

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LVMH Graduate Prize winner Francesca Richiardi with Karl Lagerfeld. Photo by @accademiacostumeemoda.

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Brandon Maxwell’s mom, in Brandon Maxwell designs. Photo by @brandonmaxwell.

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Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner, the 2016 LVMH Grand Prize winner. Photo by @lvmhprize.

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Designs by Aalto. Photo by @am_bitieuse.

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Photo by @alyxstudio.

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Y/Project. Photo by @am_bitieuse.

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Brandon Maxwell presents to the judges. Photo by @humbertotoo.

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Facetasm sketch. Photo by @thefrancofly.

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Koché. Photo by @am_bitieuse.

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Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques Almeida, the 2015 LVMH winners. Photo by @lvmhprize.