This evening, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue announced the ten finalists of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) at a cocktail party in lower Manhattan. The event was hosted by Westfield World Trade Center, which, through its partnership with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, is committed to supporting these emerging designers.
The 2014 Finalists are:
EDIE PARKER, Brett Heyman
EVA FEHREN, Eva Zuckerman
GIGI BURRIS MILLINERY, Gigi Burris
GREY ANT, Natalie Levy & Grant Krajecki
ORLEY, Matt Orley, Alex Orley & Samantha Florence
PAUL ANDREW, Paul Andrew
RYAN ROCHE, Ryan Roche
SIMON MILLER, Daniel Corrigan & Jake Sargent
TANYA TAYLOR, Tanya Taylor
WES GORDON, Wes Gordon
In the next few weeks, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee will meet with each Finalist to review their current collections and to conduct in-depth interviews. Subsequently, Committee members will make site visits to the design studio of each Finalist. As part of the evaluation process, this year’s finalists will be asked to participate in a special design challenge underwritten by Maybelline New York.
A fashion show featuring several looks by each finalist will take place at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October, with the support of online retailer partner thecorner.com. The winner and two runners up will be announced in New York City at a gala dinner on November 3.
CFDA Chief Executive Officer Steven Kolb says, “We are proud of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for the impact it has had on a new generation of talent. The mentoring and business grants associated with the program have inspired other groups and companies to create similar programs, all which work to promote and support these emerging designers.”
The 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund process will once again be documented on the series The Fashion Fund which will air on Ovation TV in November 2014.
The members of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee are:
Ken Downing, Senior VP/ Fashion Director, NEIMAN MARCUS
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Managing Partners, RAG & BONE
Mark Holgate, Fashion News Director, VOGUE
Jeffrey Kalinsky, President, JEFFREY and Executive Vice President, NORDSTROM
Steven Kolb, CEO, CFDA
Reed Krakoff, President, Executive Creative Director, REED KRAKOFF
Jenna Lyons, President, Executive Creative Director, J.CREW
Andrew Rosen, President and Founder, THEORY
Diane von Furstenberg, President, CFDA
Anna Wintour, Artistic Director, Conde Nast and Editor in Chief, Vogue
Additionally, a Business Advisory Committee reviews the applications of the ten CVFF Finalists (independently of the Selection Committee) with the intent of providing a more focused business perspective and targeted feedback on the designers’ future potential in the business.
The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund program, in its eleventh year, provides financial support and businessmentorship for emerging designers and is generously sponsored by the following companies:
Underwriters: American Express, Carolina Herrera, Coach Foundation, kate spade new york, Lane Bryant, MAC Cosmetics, Maybelline New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Reed Krakoff, Sycamore Partners, thecorner.com, Theory, Tiffany & Co., TUMI, Westfield World Trade Center, and Vogue.