Huge excitement in Paris last month: at an exclusive gathering of leading names from the global fashion industry in the glamorous setting of the Hôtel France-Amériques, the winners of the 26th edition of the ANDAM (National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts) Awards were announced.
A panel of industry luminaries, including Colombian designer Haider Ackermann, Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung, fashion critic Suzy Menkes and many more, crowned Charlotte Chesnais the winner of the new Accessories Prize for her spectacular jewelry creations. In line with Swarovski’s history of supporting new talents, Charlotte, who previously worked at Balenciaga, Kenzo and Paco Rabanne, will benefit from a €30,000 prize, plus one year’s mentoring by Nadja Swarovski to help develop her brand, launched in 2014. Léa Peckre, who previously has worked at Isabel Marant, created elegant and intriguing garments that earned her the First Collection Prize and € 90,000. The Grand Prize, including a game-changing € 250,000, went to streetwear star Stéphane Ashpool of Pigalle Paris. In addition to the financial support, the Grand Prize winner will profit from mentoring, in the form of personal guidance and expert advice, from Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Chanel Global Fashion. In his own words: “Sponsoring new talent, helping them to set up for the long-term in Paris, giving access to know-how, serving their creativity—all of this is part of my mission.”
The delighted winners were honored with a post-awards dinner on July 3 co-hosted by Swarovski and Chanel at the historic Washington Reception Room at the Hôtel France-Amériques, which brought the festivities to an appropriately celebratory close.
Photos by Stephane Feugère.