It's amazing to awake up and see your country fashion representatives conquering an amazing prize.Marques’Almeida is a London based womenswear brand started by Portuguese designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida. They met while still fashion school in Portugal before both acquiring experience separately, Marta in Vivienne Westwood and Paulo at Preen. Later they met again during their MA at Central Saint Martins and it was during this years that they decided to come together as designers and create their own brand. Marques'Almeida launched in 2011, and already have been awarded the NEWGEN sponsorship from the British Fashion Council/Topshop and have shown all their collections after SS 2013 on schedule at LFW. You already saw Rihanna and FKA Twigs wearing some pieces from this brand, thanks to their more urban style.
Yesterday they won the LVMH prize for young designers, earning 300 000 euros and a year of counseling from the executives of the largest group of luxury brands in the world. Receiving the prize from the hands of Natalie Portman in the ceremony that occurred in the headquarters of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, in Paris.
The luxury jury was composed by the most famous and respected fashion personalities like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simmons, Phoebe Philo and Ricardo Tisci, among others.
This is an amazing prize and it's a recognition that the Portuguese designers and brands can get to an international level, competing next to big brands in the fashion market.
Parabéns (Congratulations) Marques'Almeida, um orgulho como portuguesa ver vos a receber este prémio maravilhoso, estarei aqui para acompanhar as vossas conquistas no mundo da Moda.