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Singer and business mogul Rihanna adds another feather to her cap with her recent appointment as a 2020 LVMH Prize judge. The LVMH Prize is a prestigious annual award that recognises promising young designers, and will be presented on June 5 in a ceremony held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

This is far from the first time Rihanna is working with the LVMH luxury fashion group — she made headlines last year by being the first woman of colour to lead a fashion house under its purview. Her popular beauty line, Fenty Beauty, is also run in partnership with the conglomerate.

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Rihanna will be part of the 2020 LVMH Prize jury. (Photo: Martin Bureau/ AFP)

The jury lineup, which was revealed yesterday alongside the eight finalists of the LVMH Prize, also includes English designer Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh. The latter is a former finalist and Louis Vuitton‘s current Artistic Director of menswear. He recently announced an upcoming Louis Vuitton collaboration with Nigos, a Japanese streetwear label, and unveiled a teaser on Instagram.

Other prominent names on the judging panel are Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs and Clare Waight Keller.


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★ Introducing The #LVMHPrize2020 Jury ★⠀ ⠀⁣ We are happy to announce this year’s prestigious #LVMHPrize Jury. Together they will select the #LVMHPrize2020 during the final on June 5th at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.⁣ ⁣ The eight Finalists will get the opportunity to present their collections to the Jury who will then pick a winner on the day.⁣ ⁣ ★⠀Virgil Abloh @virgilabloh, Artistic Director of menswear @louisvuitton ⁣ ★⠀Robyn Rihanna Fenty @badgalriri, CEO and Artistic Director @fenty ⁣ ★⠀Stella McCartney, Artistic Director @stellamccartney⁣ ★⠀Maria Grazia Chiuri @mariagraziachiuri, Artistic Director @dior⁣ ★⠀Marc Jacobs @themarcjacobs, Artistic Director @marcjacobs ⁣ ★⠀Jonathan Anderson @jonathan.anderson, Artistic Director @loewe ⁣ ★⠀Nicolas Ghesquière @nicolasghesquiere, Artistic Director @louisvuitton ⁣ ★⠀Clare Waight Keller @clarewaightkeller, Artistic Director @givenchyofficial ⁣ ★⠀Kris Van Assche @kris_van_assche, Artistic Director @berluti⁣ ★⠀Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President @louisvuitton⁣ ★⠀Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO @lvmh Fashion Group⁣ ★⠀Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of Corporate Sponsorship @lvmh

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The finalists include the menswear labels Ahluwalia by Priya Ahluwalia, Casablanca by Charaf Tajer and Nicholas Daley by Nicholas Daley. Womenswear label Chopova Lowena by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena also made the cut, as did Peter Do by Peter Do, Sindiso Khumalo by Sindiso Khumalo, Supriya Lele by Supriya Lele and Tomo Koizumi by Tomotoka Koizumi.

“This year, once more, the semi-finalists impressed us with their creativity and their commitment to creating clothes that are respectful of the environment,” said Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton. “I would like to congratulate all of them!”

The creatives will compete for a €300,000 (S$473,000) grant and a one-year mentorship programme, while the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize will receive a €150,000 (S$240,000) grant and one year of mentorship.

Previous winners of the Prize include the designers Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner and Jacquemus.

(Featured image: Martin Bureau/ AFP)

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