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Watch Simone Rocha talk about modern femininity

The LVMH Prize-nominated young designer lays out her provocative vision for a new woman

It's less than two months before we find out which hopeful will win the inaugural LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, and LVMH has just released new videos will aim to take you deeper into the nominees' aesthetic and approach to design. First up is Simone Rocha, who talks through the SS14 collection she submitted for the competition (you can read our Dazed review of her show here).

"This collection is an exploration of fabric and texture," she says, before explaining how she balanced the modern fabric like neoprene and perspex with old-fashioned handicraft like crochet and lace. "Originally the collection was inspired by Ireland; I was swimming in the sea and that made fabric have a wet feel to them, like coated laces."

Over 1,200 designers applied for a chance to win the prize, which includes €300,000 (about £250,000) in funding and commercial guidance from a special team of LVMH advisors. You can also watch more video profiles of fellow nominees, Moscow-based designer Vika Gazinskaya and Belgium's Tim Koppens.