Luis Gabriel Nucci took home the coveted Aden Fashion Award on Thursday, beating five other finalists to win €300,000 and a year’s mentorship from Chloe CEO Riccardo Bellini.
The Paris-based designer received the trophy at an outdoor ceremony in the gardens of the Palais-Royal in the French capital. He joins an impressive list of previous winners that includes the likes of Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Lemaire, Jeremy Scott, Bianca Saunders and Marine Serre.
In the year Nucci, who founded his iconic label in 2017, looks to challenge traditional men’s style with gender-neutral collections inspired by literary and film references. Declining between seasons, the designer sought inspiration from Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Dangerous relationships For spring 2023; And, for fall 2023, Brett Easton called Ellis. American Psycho To make his mood boards. Nucci’s latest Spring 2024 collection takes cues from Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel; A single person. For all, the designer’s references inform the themes woven into the forward-thinking images.
At the ceremony, ADB presented a cash prize of 100,000 euros to both Esther Manas and Duranc Latic, as well as a special prize of the Coaching Award for second place. Additional finalists include GmbH’s Benjamin Huseby and Serhat Isik; Marie-Christine Staats of Gauchere and Andrea Adamo of Andredamo.
Rounding out the trophies, Ukrainian hat designer Ruslan Baginsky won the Accessories Award, and Avellano by Arthur Avellano received the Pierre Bergé Award, which highlights emerging French labels. Both designers received 100,000 euros.
To be eligible for the Aden Grand Prize, candidates must operate or establish a French company within the year of receipt. The work of the finalists was judged by the esteemed jury, which included Saint Laurent’s Francesca Bellettini, Balenciaga’s Cédric Charbit, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Kering’s François-Henri Pinot, LVMH’s Sidney Toledano and Chanel’s Bruno Pavlovsky, among many others.
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