The Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund finalists are here, and if you pay attention to the industry’s up-and-comers as much as we do, you’re likely to recognize more than a few of these names. Here goes:
Ahlem, Ahlem Manai-Platt
Chromat, Becca McCharen-Tran
Dyne, Christopher Bevans
Jordan Askill, Jordan Askill
Mateo, Matthew Harris
RtA, Eli Azran
Sandy Liang, Sandy Liang
Telfar, Telfar Clemens
Vaquera, Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses, and Claire Sully
Victor Glemaud, Victor Glemaud
Highlights include Vaquera, the design collective that recently created a Hulu-sponsored Handmaid’s Tale-themed collection and whose F/W ’17 homage to Tiffany & Co. earned them serious cred among editors with a predilection for the cheeky; Chromat, whose architectural designs embody equal measures of strength and sexiness and whose embrace of plus-sized models is commendable; and Telfar, whose minimalist, unisex-androgynous vibe has made designer Telfar Clemens a long time BULLETT favorite.
The winner and two runners-up will be announced at a sure to be star-and-Vogue-editor-studded gala on November 9, and will take home a prize of $400,000 and $150,000, respectively, plus the opportunity for invaluable mentorship by CFDA designers and Vogue staffers alike. Winning either prize is a career-making accomplishment, as evidenced the roster of past recipients, a mind-boggling who’s who of modern labels that includes Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, Derek Lam, Rodarte, Thakoon, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Public School, Patrik Ervell, and Altuzarra.
Interestingly, this year, Anna Wintour has stepped down from the judge’s panel, leaving industry vets Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Chen, Joseph Altuzzara, Saks VP Roopal Patel, Nordstrom VP Jeffrey Kalinsky, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, and Vogue employees Nicole Phelps and Mark Holgate to make the call of which young designers enter fashion’s most coveted hall of fame. And what a tough choice it shall be.