French designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin worked at Balmain before establishing his eponymous LVMH-Prize shortlisted label in 2016. His minimalist styles are interpreted with a gender-fluid approach and bear subtle nods to pop culture from ballet to erotica. Collections are based on personal life experiences and the designer names confrontational American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe among his sources of inspiration. Signature styles include flared trousers and loose shirts toughened up with elements of denim and leather. The brand is part of MATCHESFASHION’s Innovators Programme, which champions and supports businesses that are less than five years old.