Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LVMH Prize crowns winner ...

Though his name was announced, she had already won.
Canada-born, London-based Thomas Tait, he of the clean lines, was today tapped as the inaugural LVMH Prize winner.  300,000 euros and a year of assistance from the company operating some of the largest fashion companies in the world was his.

But she, ultimately she won.

In the span of 7 months, Delphine Arnault has gone from the relative shadows -- lurking behind designer moves like putting Raf Simons in at Dior, transitioning Nicolas Ghesquiere to Louis Vuitton, acquiring a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood and then a minor one in JW Anderson(who was simultaneously tapped to head Loewe) -- to publicly helming a program with international reach and interest.

In the game of "who's on next" to succeed Bernard Arnault, I'd have to say that daughter Delphine looks to be heads and shoulders above her brother Antoine.

top: Delphine Arnault and LVMH Prize Jury announce 2014 winner
left: Delphine Arnault, in Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghuesquiere, mounts LVMH Prize stage
photos from @JessicaMichault

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