Tabitha Simmons, Suno’s Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty and A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman are among the finalists for this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
Others include Assembly New York’s Greg Armas; Giulietta’s Sofia Sizzi; Illesteva’s Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman and Alina Silberman; Jennifer Fisher; Jennifer Meyer Maguire, The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait and Wes Gordon.
A winner and two runners-up will be announced at a gala dinner Nov. 13. Along with mentoring, the first-place finisher will pocket a $300,000 award, and the runners-up will take home $100,000 to develop their respective businesses.
There is plenty of work to be done before the awards are doled out. Starting at the end of this month, the selection committee will sit down with each finalist for an in-depth interview and to check out his or her current collection. In addition, they will drop by the design studios of each finalist. Through a new Tiffany & Co.-backed design project, designers will create one-of-a-kind pieces that will debut in October.
In addition, each finalist will present several of their creations in a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October.
Derek Lam and Neiman Marcus vice president and fashion director Ken Downing are the newest additions to the 10-person selection committee, which includes Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Rosen, CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb and Anna Wintour, among others.
In its ninth year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program, which gives up-and-comers financial support, is sponsored by partner J. Crew, as well as underwriters American Express, Appleman Foundation, Carolina Herrera, Coach, Nordstrom, Thecorner.com/Yoox Group, Theory, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Hilfiger, W Hotels and Vogue. This year, four new underwriters have come into the fold — Kate Spade New York, Neiman Marcus, The Limited Stores and The Ralph Bartel Foundation.
Over the years, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has granted $2.8 million to 21 companies, including previous winners Joseph Altuzarra, Billy Reid and Alexander Wang.
Kolb said, “The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has developed a new generation of American designers whose creative talent is known around the world. The success for these designers is built on the specialized mentoring and business grants provided by the Fashion Fund.”
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion