Carolina Herrera cohosted the event, while Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone’s David Neville did the honors of revealing the finalists. They are John Targon and Scott Studenberg of Baja East; Baldwin; Brother Vellies; Cadet; Chris Gelinas; Chromat; David Hart; Gypsy Sport; Jonathan Simkhai, and Thaddeus O’Neil.
This is the fund’s 12th season, in which the program’s winner and two runners-up receive business mentoring and financial support — and the money is up this season. The top prize has been increased by $100,000 over last year and the runners-up’s awards have been raised to $150,000 each from $100,000 the past five years.
Whether “The Fashion Fund,” Ovation TV’s televised series documenting the process for the past two competitions, will continue this year could not be learned. CFDA officials declined comment.
This year’s selection committee consists of Ken Downing, Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, Reed Krakoff, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen, Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. They will begin meeting with each finalist in the next few weeks to assess their collections and studios. The finalists will go on to participate in a design competition underwritten by Fossil, before heading to Los Angeles in October for a fashion show at Chateau Marmont. Eventually, the winners and runners-up will be named during a gala in Manhattan on Nov. 2.
Uniqlo is the sponsor partner of this year’s fund, with underwriters including American Express, Carolina Herrera, Coach Foundation, Fossil, J.Crew, IMG Fashion, Kate Spade New York, Lane Bryant, MAC Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Reed Krakoff, Sycamore Partners, Theory, Tiffany & Co., Tumi, Westfield World Trade Center, and Vogue.