It's official: the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have released the winners and losers of this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and — well, actually, I lied, because there are no losers. In a break with tradition, the selection committee awarded the win to Aurora James of Brother Vellies, a footwear line; Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, a streetwear line; and Jonathan Simkhai of the eponymous womenswear label. Each of the winners will receive the top prize: a yearlong mentorship with an industry vet, sweetened with a cool $300,000 to invest in their respective labels.
On its eleventh year, the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund was created to support emerging American designers, and has traditionally selected one winner and two runners-up. Past winners include shoe designer Paul Andrew and Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, a menswear line. Although designers must have an established brand and workforce to apply (you won't see any self-taught designers working in their basements a la Project Runway in this competition), the program draws innovation and new ideas. Celebs and guests in attendance were dressed to impress emerging talent, so let's look to some of the outfits for an idea of what to expect on the shelves next season.
1. Karlie Kloss
Kloss rocked the midi skirt trend, but in with a fun teal vertical print.
4. Amanda Seyfried
5. Demi Moore
I don't know about you, but this dress is everything and I want it on my body.
6. Constance Jablonski
7. Imaan Hammam
Hammam looks gorgeous and 15 feet tall in this long gown with vertical striping. Seems to me like a better alternative to heels.
There you have it. Congratulations to this years' winners! I look forward to wishing I could afford your designs.