Last night in Paris, ANDAM (the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts) gave out its annual slew of prizes as it continues to champion fashion's most exciting emerging talents. Receiving the grand prize was the Lisi Herebrugh and Rushemy Botter founded label Botter. The gender-fluid brand has become an industry favourite thanks to it Caribbean-inspired creations and interdisciplinary approach that spans music and literature. Along with the Grand Prize trophy, the design duo will receive €300,000 and coaching from Chanel fashion president Bruno Kavlovsky, Instagram's VP of fashion partnerships Eva Chen, and expertise from the senior leadership team of e-tailer Mytheresa. Shifting focus on their own brand, the two left their post as joint creative directors of Nina Ricci earlier this year, the monetary award and mentorship has come at a pivotal point of their careers.
Since 1989 the non-profit organisation has been supporting emerging talent, with this years competition being one of the toughest. 33 jury members were presented with the mammoth task of choosing winners from a selection of 13 finalists. For the first time a runner-up award known as the Special Prize was given out with Robert Wun receiving €100,000 and coaching for his eponymous brand. Bluemarble founder Anthony Alvarez didn’t go home empty handed being this years recipient of the Pierre Bergé Prize, which focuses on young French companies and is worth €100,000. Last year's Grand Prize winner was menswear maven Bianca Saunders who also received coaching from Balenciaga's CEO.