PARIS — Coperni, Hed Mayner, Koché and Kwaidan Editions are this year’s finalists for the French fashion prize ANDAM, worth 250,000 euros.
“This year’s selection of Andam finalists was particularly diverse and interesting,” noted Renzo Rosso, head of Italian fashion group OTB, owner of Maison Margiela, who is this year’s mentor to the prize winner. Rosso noted the selection was not linked to a single market trend or “too business driven.”
Coperni, founded by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, was a finalist for an ANDAM prize in 2014. The designers went on to become artistic directors of Courrèges until 2017 and relaunched their brand earlier this year, taking to the catwalk for Paris Fashion Week in February.
Israeli designer Hed Mayner also showed his men’s wear collection in Paris in February, playing on bulk and layering in neutral tones. Koché, Christelle Kocher’s upscale ready-to-wear label with streetwear and contemporary art references, was featured in WWD’s feature “Ten of Tomorrow in 2016.”
Léa Dickely and Hung La are the design duo behind Kwaidan Editions, a finalist for the LVMH prize last year.
ANDAM, the French acronym for the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, is one of France’s oldest and most prestigious prizes, and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Supported by the French government, it was founded in 1989 by Nathalie Dufour, with Pierre Bergé as president and has played a role in boosting the profile of designers who went on to gain international recognition, like Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf and Jeremy Scott.
Finalists will present their projects to the 27-member panel of judges, which was expanded earlier this year and includes industry figures Saint Laurent president and chief executive officer Francesca Bellettini, Hermès vice president Guillaume de Seynes, Chanel president Bruno Pavlovsky, Kering chairman and ceo François-Henri Pinault, and LVMH fashion group chairman and ceo Sidney Toledano. Winners are chosen for their creative vision and business plans.
Boramy Viguier, Dawei and Nicolas Lecourt Mansion are the nominees for the 100,000 euro “Creative Label” award.
In the accessories category, vying for a 50,000 euro prize are Fabrizio Viti, Kara and Khaoré.
All 10 finalists for the ANDAM Fashion awards will be offered guidance on brand identity from sponsor OBO, featured at the Premiere Classe fashion trade show and given access to a workshop in Swarovski’s showroom.
Finalists for the fashion innovation prize of 30,000 euros, are Ananas Anam, Diam Concept and Worn Again Technologies.