The Nominees Are…

Well, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the finalists for this year’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 “emerging talent” and give them money ($200,00 for the winner, $50,000 each for the runners up) and guidance (one year of support from a “top industry exec”) so that their label can, well, emerge. (Last year’s winner, Doo-Ri Chung was able to move her studio out of her parents’ basement. Clearly money well spent.) Problem is, a good amount of the designers nominated don’t really need help emerging. Point in case…

Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim

The man is Anna Wintour’s lapdog. It’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 it’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.

Erin Fetherston of Fetherston Design Group

Fun, flirty and fully emerged. The woman is doing a collection for Target. Seriously.

Rogan Gregory of Rogan

Gregory has two lines of his own and is currently designing a line with Bono and his wife. You’re going to tell me this man needs help? I think he’s doing just fine.

Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil of Threeasfour

While 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 Cava

Vena 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 VPL

VPL’s designs are fascinating and daring, and her label’s name is hilarious. I’d be thrilled if she took home the gold.

Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m obsessed with this brand, and their new women’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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