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Ecco Domani released the 2009 vintage of the winemaker’s eighth annual Fashion Foundation awards.
The recipients are Lyn Devon, Matthew Ames, Cushnie et Ochs by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and Ohne Titel by Alexa Adams and Flora Gill in the women’s design category. Corpus, by Jerrod Cornish and Keith Richardson, was honored for men’s design, and jeweler Monique Péan won for accessories.
The foundation’s inaugural award for sustainable design went to Bodkin Brooklyn designers Eviana Hartman and Samantha Pleet, who create bags out of old leather jackets.
Each emerging label received a $25,000 grant to help showcase its collection at New York Fashion Week in February. The form of showcase is uncertain, as the cost of a runway show generally exceeds the cash value of the prize, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America has urged emerging designers to consider presentations this season.
“We recognize the difficulties emerging designers face in bringing their visions to life, especially in this tough economic climate,” said Patrick Coyle, marketing director for Ecco Domani. “We hope that the support of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation will give these designers the opportunity to bring a whole new level of talent and excitement to the fashion community.”
More established designers who were helped along by Ecco Domani awards early in their careers include Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Peter Som, Thakoon, Doo.Ri, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang and Rodarte.
The judges committee — which consisted of executives from Macy’s, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus, editors and other insiders — selected the award recipients from more than 150 applicants, who had to submit references and photographs of their work, and have at least one retail account and no more than five years in the business.
This year’s winners are a varied group including four Parsons The New School of Design graduates, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker (Péan), an ex-Washington Post columnist (Hartman) and a former professional soccer player (Richardson.)
The entire group is traditionally celebrated with an Ecco Domani-hosted breakfast that kicks off fashion week.