Cédric Charlier and Thomas Tait are among the rising designers nominated for this year's prestigious Andam Fashion Award, with the Fall/Winter 2012 collections of all six nominees set to go on sale via thecorner.com this September.
Past winners of the prestigious French fashion prize include Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh and, most recently, Anthony Vaccarello.
This year's nominees include Cédric Charlier, winner of the Moët and Chandon Fashion Awards in 1999, champion of the 2010 inaugural Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Thomas Tait, and Nicolas Andreas Taralis -- who worked with Heidi Slimane at Dior Homme before founding his own label in August 2003.
For this year, Andam is teaming up with online boutique thecorner.com, with the site set to have online exclusivity of all six nominees' Fall/Winter 2012 collections.
Fashionistas won't find out the winner until July 5, when the 24-member jury made up of experts including Vogue Paris editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt and Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony, reveal their choice.
The eventual winner will scoop 230,000 euros, two seasons' worth of mentoring from Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton's fashion division, and a donation of Swarovski Elements to the value of 10,000 euros to be used in their Spring-Summer 2013 collection.
Also worth noting are the nominees for the First Collections Award, worth 60,00 euros, reserved for French-based labels that are younger than three years old. Calla Haynes, Simon Jacquemus, Céline Méteil and Pièce d'Anarchive are in the running for this gong.
The ANDAM Fashion Award finalists:
Nicolas Andreas Taralis
The First Collections Award finalists: