NEXT STOP PARIS: As New York Fashion Week starts to wind down, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t the only designers with Paris on their minds. The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have unrolled the roster for the ninth season of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s Americans in Paris.
The France-bound designers are Orley’s Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley; Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman; Simon Miller’s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent; Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman; Gigi Burris Millinery’s Gigi Burris; Grey Ant’s Grant Krajecki and Natalie Levy; Ryan Roche, and Tanya Taylor. Zuckerman and Roche were runners-up for last year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
During Paris Fashion Week, all of the above will be showing their collections to retailers from Oct. 3 to 5 at Le 8 Vavois, which is located at 8 Rue de Valois. In addition to the showroom space, Americans in Paris provides sales, marketing and media support to participants to help them expand their businesses.
Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, said, “Americans in Paris continues to put forward CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers who represent a level of talent that can compete in today’s global market.”
Tumi is the initiative’s lead sponsor for the fourth season. Michael Petry, creative director of Tumi, said, “This being my first season with the program, I have tremendous admiration for this talented group of designers and I am eager to see how the brand can further extend our partnership with each in the future.”