At Thursday's 7th on Sale Online gala, Vogue magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed Trovata with this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. Trovata — which consists of designers John Whiteledge, Sam Shipley, Josia Lamberto-Egan and Jeff Halmos — was chosen from a group of 10 finalists by a committee of industry representatives, and will take home a cash prize of $200,000. The award was presented by Tilda Swinton.
Derek Lam and Thom Browne were runners-up this year, and will each receive $50,000.
Vogue and the CFDA established the fund in 2003 to help emerging designers, and the award is expected to help them further their careers and help them in areas like production, sales, marketing and public relations. The winner will also receive managerial guidance and support for one year through the fund's underwriters.
The fund is underwritten by Barneys New York, Coach, Juicy Couture, Kellwood Co. and Vogue.
Last year's winners 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 and Nicole Colovos of Habitual, whose companies received $ 50,000 each.
This year's other finalists were Anthony Nak (Nak Armstrong and Anthony Camargo); Atelier Jean Yu (Jean Yu); Costello Tagliapietra (Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra); Isabel Toledo; Lutz & Patmos (Trina Lutz and Marcia Patmos); Mayle (Jane Mayle), and Project Alabama (Natalie Chanin).
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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