Last Friday, the Portuguese designer duo, based in London, received from Delphine Arnault, €300.000 in prize money. Marques’ Almeida, comprised of Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, won the LVMH Young Designer of the Year 2015. The duo had just presented, in ten minutes’ time, a collection of their work, before a panel of judges, the creative directors of LVMH’s brands: Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Phoebe Philo (Celine), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo). It must have been gut-wrenching but they pulled it off, and for independent designers, it’s a huge financial help. Marques’ Almeida is known for their artful take on denim, re-structuring pieces and taking the humble fabric to new frontiers. Rihanna has been photographed wearing the brand several times.
I’m so proud, that against such tough competition, and in front of these seasoned judges, they won the mega prize!
These are two of my dream pieces at Net-a-Porter