The list of ten finalists for the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund price has been released, and it includes an awesome mix of designers.
Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra
Christian Cota of Christian Cota
Prabal Gurung of Prabal Gurung
Robert Geller of Robert Geller
Eddie Borgo of Eddie Borgo
Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager
Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry
Moss Lipow of Moss Lipow
Gregory Parkinson of Gregory Parkinson
Billy Reid of Billy Reid
The winner will be announced on November 15th, and will be the proud recipient of as much as $200,000, along with mentoring by an industry insider. Two runners up will each be awarded $50,000, as well as mentoring.
This is the seventh year that the fund, founded by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine, has been giving the covetable prize that not only helps the winners out financially, but catapults them into a more prominent spot in the public eye.
In order to determine the winners, a number of studio visits and in-depth interviews are conducted. Come October, each designer will reveal a one of a kind look they have created.
It's hard to pick a favorite among so many talented designers, but I'm ecstatic that two of my favorite jewelry designers – Eddie Borgo and Pamela Love – have made the cut.
Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung, who were both nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Awards, but ended up losing out to Jason Wu, are also high on the list of favorites.
Past winners of the fashion fund include Sophie Theallet, Alexander Wang, Rogan Gregory of Rogan, Doo-Ri Chung, Trovata, and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler.