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Maki Oh & Adebayo Oke-Lawal Listed as Semi-Finalists for the Global LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize



Maki Oh for LVMH Prize - BellaNaija - February 2014

Nigerian designers Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh and Adebayo-Oke Lawal of Orange Culture have been listed among the 30 semi-finalists for the LVHM Young Fashion Designer Prize. The global competition which was launched in November 2013 by Delphine Arnault.

The competition had over 1,221 applicants of which 30 have now been selected. The semi-finalists are to head to Paris on Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th February 2014 where they will showcase their collections to an exclusive panel. Among the Panel members are prominent editors and stylsts like Net-a-Porter Founder & CEO Natalie Massenet, Stylist Olivier Rizzo, Editor-in-Chief – Vogue China, Angelica Cheung among others. They will streamline the list to 10 finalists.

Up for grabs are 300,000 Euros and a Year of expert mentoring from an internal team at LVMH.

Adebayo Oke-Lawal for LVMH Prize - BellaNaija - February 2014

After the ten finalists have been selected by the fashion expert panel, they must then present a 20-minute presentation of their collections to an elite jury, which consists of eight creative directors from LVMH fashion houses, including the likes of Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiére and Raf Simons. The jury will be joined by Delphine Arnault, Pierre-Yves Roussel Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group and Jean-Paul Claverie, advisor to Bernard Arnault and Head of Corporate Philanthropy.

Speaking on the competition in an exclusive interview with WWD, Delphine said; “It was really hard to do a short list of 30. I was really amazed at the number of applicants and the quality of the dossiers we received.” “I think it’s a great thing to support fashion and support designers. It’s really our responsibility to find the talents… and to help them grow.” She added.

To see the finalists list please visit

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  1. Sandy

    February 13, 2014 at 11:42 am


  2. Nneks

    February 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    WOW LOVE LOVE these two ….Congrats Amaka and Adebayo

  3. Taiwo

    February 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Congrats guys! Well done! wish you Gods favour in the competition

  4. Lola A

    February 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    OMG. Totally amazing! Best of luck to Amaka and Adebayo. I hope…hope they make it to top ten.

  5. Ahem!

    February 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Correction BN, there were over 1200 applicants! What these two have achieved is even greater than what you’ve said – They are in the Top 30 out of 1221!

  6. sigh

    February 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm


  7. Me

    February 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    WOW!!! am so envious (in a good way). Congrats to both of you. WOW!!!!

  8. Non professional opinion

    February 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I love them both! This is wonderful news for both of them. The heartiest congratulations guys! God, organise my people o!

  9. Impervious

    February 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    All the very best you two! Raw talent and hard work!


    February 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Great Job Maki O! Definitely going places.

  11. i no send

    February 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    good luck guys

  12. ayo

    February 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    congrats to them both but whats the full meaning of LVHM???

    • Non professional opinion

      February 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

      It’s Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

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