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.”
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)