Grace Wales Bonner Wins 2016 LVMH Prize

Grace Wales Bonner Wins 2016 LVMH Prize for Emerging Talent for her Diverse Brand Highlighting Black Culture and Identity.

Menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner is officially the winner of the 2016 LVMH prize. Bonner has been awarded the honor in recognition of her eponymous brand, Wales Bonner. Along with €300,000 in prize money, Wales Bonner will undergo a mentorship program with top LVMH fashion executives. The comprehensive training program will allow Bonner to further develop her brand focusing on marketing, advertising, production, and distribution.
Grace Wales Bonner LVMH 2016 Winner Designer - The Dapifer-

Wales Bonner receives this prestigious honor just two years after completing her degree at famed design school, Central Saint Martins. The emerging designer debuted her freshman collection Ebonics A/W 15 with Fashion East at London Collections: Men to critical acclaim, and has showed no signs of slowing sense.

Bonner secured the distinction against a talented group of emerging creatives. The LVMH committee including notables Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo and Jonathan Anderson narrowed their list to 8 finalist in March, with Bonner claiming the final victory.

Grace Wales Bonner LVMH 2016 Winner Designer - The Dapifer

Wales Bonner “Sprituals” AW 16 Collection

Grace Wales Bonner LVMH 2016 Winner Designer - The Dapifer

Wales Bonner “Sprituals” AW 16 Collection

Grace Wales Bonner LVMH 2016 Winner Designer - The Dapifer

Wales Bonner “Sprituals” AW 16 Collection

The designer has found herself in the limelight for some time now, gaining notoriety for her daring design aesthetic. Bonner explores design from a cultural view point, introducing ideas of black culture and identity. The designer subtly incorporates traditionally feminine themes into her menswear designs tempting the viewer in for a second glance. Elements including beading and embroidery balance alongside strong, masculine tailoring. The effect is a daring label that is gender fluid and highly noteworthy.

This isn’t Bonner’s first time winning a major design award. In 2015, the designer was selected as the British Fashion Council’s emerging menswear designer of the year. With so much anticipation, acclaim, and now financial support, Wales Bonner is truly a brand to watch. Visit the Wales Bonner site to see the designer’s full line of collections.