To rattle off past winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is to list the biggest names in American fashion. Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler have all taken home the main prize, with runners-up including the likes of Thom Browne, Rodarte, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Founded 13 years ago, the fund has served as a launchpad, offering our homegrown talent financial rewards and integral mentorship from CFDA members and Vogue editors.
Tonight the first-ever CVFF winners, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, announced the 2016 finalists in their David Adjaye–designed Soho store. Over the next several months, the class of 2016 will participate in a variety of challenges—first up is a design challenge with Intel, then a fashion show this October at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont underwritten by Kate Spade New York—all while continuing to produce their standard collections. Busy? You bet. Meet the finalists here, and keep close watch for more CVFF updates on Vogue.com. The winner, who will receive a $400,000 prize, and the two runners up, receiving $150,000 each, will be announced at a gala dinner on November 7.
The 2016 finalists are:
Adam Selman: Adam Selman
Area: Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk
Brock Collection: Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar
Chloe Gosselin: Chloe Gosselin
Ji Oh: Ji Oh
Krewe du Optic: Stirling Barrett
Morgan Lane: Morgan Curtis
Newbark: Maryam and Marjan Malakpour
Rochambeau: Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper
Stampd: Chris Stamp
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