CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund crowns three winners
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund shunned tradition by crowning three winners at Monday night's (02Nov15) ceremony.
Fashion and showbiz's biggest names all attended the prestigious event in New York to celebrate new designers. However this year (15) was different, as the selection committee decided Rio Uribe for streetwear label Gypsy Sport, Aurora James of footwear line Brother Vellies and womenswear designer Jonathan Simkhai all deserved the award. Each will receive $300,000 to invest in their labels, along with a yearlong mentorship with a fashion expert.
The three brands beat the likes of David Hart, Cadet and Chromat to victory, with those sitting on the selection committee including Jenna Lyons, Ken Downing and Anna Wintour. They follow on from last year's (14) winner Paul Andrew. As there was more than one champion, they skipped the runner-up prize, which would have consisted of $150,000.
Aurora of Brother Vellies previously shared her delight at being in the running for the big prize and how much it meant to her. “I am so grateful and humbled to have been selected for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund," she told Footwear News. "Having the support of the CFDA and Vogue is a true honour and I am so thankful and delighted for this opportunity. I am excited to share a unique perspective and I look forward to showcasing the amazing work of all the artisans we collaborate with across Africa and to move forward in this already incredible experience.”
The CFDA will stop at nothing to encourage up-and-coming designers and teamed up with Banana Republic in September (15) for a new initiative. Together the companies aimed to help new American talent by aiding with domestic design and production, resulting in two limited-edition collections by New York and Los Angeles designers.
“This new program is a great opportunity to provide mentorship and resources to help creative talent grow their business while designing and producing locally,” Marissa Webb told WWD during her time as creative director of Banana Republic.