by Alexander Fury .

Anthony Vaccarello wins ANDAM

The first time I saw Anthony Vaccarello's work, I was perched on a speaker in a standing-room-only gallery in the Palais Royale as Irina Lazareanu opened an impromptu show of the shortest, sexiest twisty-turny anti-gravitational frocks since about 1989. You can now add 'award-winning' to that list of epithets, as Vaccarello is the latest recipient of the ANDAM prize, a cool 220,000 Euro award whose aim is to promote the French fashion industry. Vaccarello's star has been on the rise for some time, featured in major magazines and with his last Paris show packed with fashion week stalwarts from across the globe. The Brits may by-and-large choose to skip the first day of Paris Fashion Week in favour of a day back in the office (or in bed) before the season's final push over the top, but the Americans are in Europe for the long haul - thus, a bevy of USA eds saw Vaccarello's pieces up close and personal in his A/W 2011 presentation. Evidently, they liked what they saw. The interesting thing will be to see how this influx of cash and flush of new attention affects the young Belgian's next collection for S/S 2012, slated to be shown in Paris in late September.