Well, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the finalists for this yearâ€™s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards. The verdict? Kind of ridic. The whole concept of these awards, which began in 2003, is to help out â€œemerging talentâ€ and give them money ($200,00 for the winner, $50,000 each for the runners up) and guidance (one year of support from a â€œtop industry execâ€) so that their label can, well, emerge. (Last yearâ€™s winner, Doo-Ri Chung was able to move her studio out of her parentsâ€™ basement. Clearly money well spent.) Problem is, a good amount of the designers nominated donâ€™t really need help emerging. Point in caseâ€¦
Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip LimThe man is Anna Wintourâ€™s lapdog. Itâ€™s almost laughable that he was nominated for this award. His clothes sell like proverbial hotcakes, his collaboration with UNIQLO sold out, he just opened a snazzy new store here in New York and itâ€™s hard to go a day without seeing him in the news. Phillip Lim does not need money or guidance, but he does need to send me some samples because he is brilliant. Brilliant, but fully emerged.
Fun, flirty and fully emerged. The woman is doing a collection for Target. Seriously.
Erin Fetherston of Fetherston Design Group
Rogan Gregory of RoganGregory has two lines of his own and is currently designing a line with Bono and his wife. Youâ€™re going to tell me this man needs help? I think heâ€™s doing just fine.
Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil of ThreeasfourWhile a bit more deserving than the previous three designers, Threeasfour is a totally established brand: Irina Lazareanu and her bangs walked their show. Irina!
Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena CavaVena Cava is hardly a household name and their clothes, while not exactly groundbreaking, are beautiful and wearable. Were they to win, I would be surprised but not disappointed.
Victoria Bartlett of VPLVPLâ€™s designs are fascinating and daring, and her label’s name is hilarious. Iâ€™d be thrilled if she took home the gold.
Scott Sternberg of Band of OutsidersIn the interest of full disclosure, Iâ€™m obsessed with this brand, and their new womenâ€™s line, Boy. Their clothes feel literary, like they would be at home in a Wes Anderson movie, their website is brilliant, and their name sounds a lot like another fav of mine. They totally get it and I would probably throw a party if they won.
Pics from bandofoutsiders.com
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