FERTILE BREEDING GROUND: The CFDA Fashion Incubator Yearbook — Class 2.0 is here. The 10 Incubator brands comprise a diverse group. There’s Ari Dein, Arielle Shapiro’s lingerie brand; Burkman Bros.’ men’s wear label designed by Ben and Doug Burkman; Daniel Vosovic’s modern looks made from unexpected materials; Emanuela Duca’s edgy jewelry made from gold, blackened silver and diamonds; Isaora’s men’s performance active wear; Jonathan Simkhai’s gender bending women’s wear; Number Lab, Greg Lawrance’s men’s wear label; Reece Hudson’s handbag and accessories created by Reece Solomon; Timo Weiland’s men’s and women’s wear designed by Weiland and Alan Eckstein, and Whitney Pozgay’s Whit, which combines classic silhouettes with a downtown sensibility.
The yearbook is the combined efforts of the CFDA and advertising and representation agency DMA United, along with MAC and Milk Studios. W Hotels, which hosted showcases in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles for the Incubator winners, sent the designers on a week-long trip to a destination of their choice — as long as there was a W property there — to help inspire their spring 2014 collections. Their travel diaries appear in the yearbook. Vosovic chose Istanbul because “it’s on the tip of two continents.” Doha appealed to Duca because she’s always been “attracted to the straight and slightly sinuous sand ridges of the desert.” “Something unexpected that inspired us was the local street art, graffiti and architecture of the area,” Weiland said of Bali. Class 2.0 discussed the creative results of their time in the Incubator program and the support they received from mentors and industry professionals.