Style Notes: Brandon Maxwell Makes LVMH Prize Top 8; Zara Launches Activewear

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Rainy-weekend reads.

Brandon Maxwell Makes Final Eight for LVMH Prize [Fashionista]
The shortlist for the LVMH Prize has been narrowed from 23 to the top eight, and American stylist turned Lady Gaga's designer Brandon Maxwell has made the cut. Fellow New York-based designer Matthew Williams of Alyx also made the latest round, which was decided by 41 top international fashion insiders. Three Paris-based designers, an English designer, a Canadian designer and, for the first time ever, a Japanese designer round out the competition for the €300,000 prize.

Zara Launches "Gymwear" [Teen Vogue]
Zara quietly rolled out a "gymwear" section on its e-commerce site recently, consisting of a full activewear range, from swimwear to yoga gear. The entire collection clocks in at under $70, making it a much more affordable option compared to the likes of Lululemon and other designer activewear lines. The minimalist collection is now available for preorder.

Designer Maria Cornejo Opens Up About Life as a Refugee [Lenny Letter]
In the latest Lenny Letter, designer Maria Cornejo opens up about her life as a young girl in Chile and her experience fleeing the country at age 12. The designer goes on to describe her adolescent years in England (where her family eventually settled) and the influence of the English punk scene.

Daniel Lara of "Damn, Daniel" Infamy Donates Vans to Children's Hospital [Racked]
Daniel Lara, who rose to fame from the viral "Damn, Daniel" video, donated the lifetime supply of white Vans awarded to him by Ellen DeGeneres to patients at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Southern California. Lara and his friend-documentarian Josh Holz delivered the new kicks, as well as Vans goody bags, to patients on Thursday afternoon.