The CFDA/Fashion Fund Finalists: Who
19th OF July 2012
It's that time of year again. The Council of Fashion Designers America and Vogue have released the finalists for the Fashion Fund Award.
If you're not clued in, here's the gossip: the CFDA/Vogue Awards are the stepping stones to a big fashion career for young or obscure designers looking for a foothold. Previous nominees include cult favourite Pamela Love (who was the favourite to win last year, but was beaten at the post) and household name Alexander Wang.
The highly sought-after prize is also incredibly lucrative. The winners get $300,000, the runners-up $100,000 each, and tend to be lavished with attention and praise by Conde Nast and the world's fashion press. It's a big deal.
So who are this year's favourites?
Suno, the NYC-based label designed by Max Oserweis and Erin Beatty, has a lot of street cred - and a few celebrity fans - for its eclectic mix of materials. Its latest collection featured tweed accents and stripes in sleek streetwear - not an easy feat. We're wondering, however, if they have the edge to win.
We're loving Jennifer Fisher's jewellery collection, which tends to be inspired by rituals and symbols from religions around the world. The Elder Statesman, named after a T.S.Eliot play, focusses on impeccably-made simplicity in wool and other thick fabrics - but the CFDA traditionally favours avant-garde design rather than good workmanship.
We're also loving A.L.C - the Andrea Lieberman Collective - for its use of leather in bright colours and Scandinavian prints. It has mass-market appeal plus eccentric sleekness - a good mix for the judges.
The big name on the list, and the probable favourite, is Wes Gordon, who already has a cult following and has his shows on Style.com. His jewel-tone womenswear, with huge capes and proportions, is romantic and gorgeous - we loved his Fall 2012 lace-sleeved purple coat, great tailored suits and accents of fur.
Other names include Tabitha Simmons, Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Ilesteva and Giuletta. Who do you think should win?
Image: Wes Gordon Fall 2012.