NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine have selected 10 finalists for the second annual awards from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The finalists were chosen by a committee of industry representatives from a group of 65 second-round applicants.
The finalists are Anthony Nak (Nak Armstrong and Anthony Camargo); Atelier Jean Yu (Jean Yu); Costello Tagliapietra (Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra); Derek Lam; Isabel Toledo; Lutz & Patmos (Trina Lutz and Marcia Patmos); Mayle (Jane Mayle); Project Alabama (Natalie Chanin); Thom Browne, and Trovata (John Whiteledge, Sam Shipley, Josia Lamberto-Egan and Jeff Halmos).
This month, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee will meet with each finalist to review their current collections and conduct interviews. The winners will be announced in November.
It is expected the award (up to $200,000) will be used to further develop the winner's business in areas such as production, sales, marketing and public relations. The fund also will offer the final award recipient managerial guidance and support for one year through its underwriters.
Last year, the winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award were Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, who received a $200,000 cash award. Runners-up were Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak and Michael & Nicole Colovos of Habitual, whose firms received $50,000 each.
The CFDA also said Coach and Juicy Couture have become underwriters of the fund, joining Vogue, Barneys New York and Kellwood Co.
Some 131 companies initially requested applications.
The selection committee consists of Peter Arnold, executive director of the CFDA until Aug. 15, who will become president of John Varvatos; Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue; Julie Gilhart, vice president, fashion director of Barneys New York; Reed Krakoff, president, executive creative director of Coach; Steve Ruzow, executive vice president and president, women's wear at Kellwood; Sally Singer, fashion news director of Vogue; Lisa Smilor, associate director, CFDA, and Vera Wang, president and chief executive officer of Vera Wang.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast