Among the nine finalists are three labels making gender-neutral clothes, and two that design for men and women.
Half of the labels competing for a cash prize of 300,000 euros are treading a unisex line.
Young designers have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com.
The charity auction will be held at Paris’ Hôtel Drouot on Oct. 5.
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The 21 semifinalists for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers includes many designers based in countries other than their own.
The Place Vendôme boutique blends high-tech features with materials including brushed aluminum, terrazzo flooring and tinted mirrors.
Eight finalists will vie for a cash prize of 300,000 euros, or $335,000, plus a year of coaching.
The luxury group selected 23 semifinalists from almost 1,000 applicants.