Botter wins the ANDAM Fashion Award 2022 – WWD
Botter, designed by Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, beat seven finalists to win the 2022 ANDAM Fashion Award Grand Prize.
The winner, who will receive €300,000 and a year of coaching from Chanel’s Bruno Pavlovsky, was announced at an open-air ceremony in the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris on Thursday evening.
Herrebrugh and Botter, who were also Nina Ricci’s artistic directors until earlier this year, tap into their roots — Curaçao on his side and the Dominican Republic on her side — for their gender-specific clothing, which is rooted in Caribbean culture.
London-based womenswear brand Robert Wun, the subject of a recent exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in Atlanta, received the special award, which comes with a €100,000 cash prize plus coaching on the creative and strategic dimensions of its fledgling businesses. New to the 2022 edition, the runner-up award reflects the generosity of new and established sponsors and recognizes the strength of the high-calibre talent the awards have attracted in recent times.
The other finalists were: Berlin-based women’s label Ottolinger, founded by Swiss-born designers Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient; Copenhagen’s Heliot Emil, which was founded in 2016 by brothers Victor and Julius Juul as a menswear brand and has since expanded into womenswear; Lukhanyo Mdingi from South Africa, who designs menswear; Thomas Monet’s Cool TM gender-neutral brand; and womenswear designer Peter Do, who previously worked at Celine under Phoebe Philo and is based in New York City.
Candidates for the ANDAM Grand Prize may be of any nationality, but must own a French company or set up one in the same year as receiving the grant.
Bluemarble Paris, a Parisian menswear label founded by designer Anthony Alvarez, won the €100,000 Pierre Bergé Prize, which is aimed at young French companies.
The other two contenders for this award were: Benjamin Benmoyal, who makes clothes from dead fabrics and recycled materials such as VHS tapes, and Boyarovskaya, created by designer Maria Boyarovskaya and fashion photographer Artem Kononenko.
Parisian jewelry designer Dolly Cohen, who designed grills for celebrities like Rihanna, won the €50,000 accessories prize.
The other two accessories nominated were: 13 09 SR, the brand co-founded by former Carven designer Serge Ruffieux, which launched last year with flats and jeweled eyewear, and London-based Romanian designer Ancuta Sarca, whose creations include sportswear and Merging high fashion.
Founded in 1989 by Nathalie Dufour with support from the French Ministry of Culture and DEFI, an organization promoting the development of the French fashion industry, and with the late Pierre Bergé as President, ANDAM was a stepping stone for designers who would go on to gain international recognition .
Previous winners include Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Lemaire, Jeremy Scott and Marine Serre. British menswear designer Bianca Saunders received the 2021 award.
ANDAM – the French acronym for National Association of the Development of the Fashion Arts – is supported by major corporate sponsors that now include Balenciaga, Chanel, Chloé, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Galeries Lafayette, Google, Hermès, Instagram and Kering , Lacoste, Longchamp, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, L’Oréal Paris, MyTheresa, OTB, Premiere Classe, Saint Laurent, Swarovski and Tomorrow.
The French Ministry of Culture and DEFI, an entity that promotes the development of the French fashion industry, are also important historical public partners of ANDAM.
Managers of most sponsors form permanent members of the jury.
Many of this year’s guest judges come from Chanel’s background, including model and music producer Caroline de Maigret; twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz of music duo Ibeyi; choreographer Blanca Li; rapper Abd al-Malik; Model, DJ and singer Soo Joo Park and Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera Fashion Museum.
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