The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have announced the winners of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative, an annual initiative that provides financial support and business mentorship for the most promising crop of emerging designers in the U.S. Since its inception in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has granted $1.8 million to emerging design companies, and has helped launch the careers of some of the greats (think: Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Cushnie et Ochs, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, and Phillip Lim, among others). The selection committee, which consists of Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Andrew Rosen, Jenna Lyons, Ken Downing, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Reed Krakoff, Steven Kolb, Mark Holgate, and Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, came together with an array of other fashion industry insiders this evening to hear Stella McCartney’s keynote speech, and to celebrate this year's winners ...
WINNER: Paul Andrew
British-born, New York-based footwear and accessory designer Paul Andrew launched his eponymous line of luxury women’s shoes for Spring 2013, but not before he honed his craft with industry greats Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Narciso Rodriguez. The collection is on course to firmly establish Andrew as a fresh, innovative and creative force within the fashion industry, and this award will certainly help! Of his brand, Andrew told Vogue last year: "My focus has been to turn attention back to the exquisite lightness of the stiletto heel and single sole. I work quite tirelessly to develop my own fabrications and dye techniques, ensuring my footwear is entirely unique. For me, the key in making a single sole shoe sexy without severity is to keep things light." So, get to shopping! Andrew stocks at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Saks and Neiman Marcus, among other stores and e-commerce sites.
As part of his prize, Andrew will receive $300,000 to invest in his label and a yearlong mentorship with an industry veteran. The two runners-up will each receive $100,000 and a mentorship, as well.
Upstate New York-based Ryan Roche is swiftly becoming an industry darling for her otherworldly knits. Renowned for her attention to sustainable detail, Roche brings conscientiousness to her women’s collection, which is complete with exquisite cashmere knits produced by a women’s co-operative in Nepal, and her newly launched collection of angora wool hats made in New York. You can find the label at 55 specialty retailers across the globe, as well as on Net-a-Porter and Roche’s own e-commerce site. There’s also an exclusive capsule collection set to launch with The Line. So, stay tuned.
Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren
After training under jewelers Monique Péan and Philip Crangi, Eva Zuckerman launched her own collection of jewelry in 2011 with business partner Ann Gorga. Influenced by the architectural, geometric and visual elements of her native New York City, Zuckerman pairs precious metals (like 18k gold) with unusual materials (like opaque sapphires, moonstone and grey diamonds), and the result is a collection that embodies a feminine, yet, modern aesthetic. Maybe the best part of all: Every piece is handcrafted by artisans in NYC. You can shop the collection at Barneys.
The remaining finalists include: Brett Heyman of Edie Parker; Wes Gordon; Grant Krajecki and Natalie Levy of Grey Ant; Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent of Simon Miller; Matthew Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Orley of Orley; Tanya Taylor, and Gigi Burris of Gigi Burris Millinery.