Ten lucky designers, including Prabal Gurung (above), were named as finalists for the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. If you’ve been living under a rock, the Fashion Fund is an Anna Wintour project which grants $200,000 to emerging designers. Past winners include Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. Here’s our cheat sheet on this year’s finalists:
With an impressive resume that includes design gigs with Proenza Schouler and Givenchy, Joseph Altuzarra is a front runner for the CFDA award.
Before starting his own line, this Nepalese designer was at Bill Blass. His celebrity clients include Demi Moore, Michelle Obama and Katie Holmes.
Eddie Borgo has created work for fellow finalist Altazurra, as well as 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marchesa.
This New York jewelry designer has a serious cult following, designs jewelry for HBO’s True Blood and has been used in the runways shows of Marchesa, Zac Posen and many more.
Moss Lipow’s eye-catching eyewear designs have been published in WWD and international editions of Vogue.
This British designer, by way of L.A., has been featured in W magazine and Lucky, and is sold in Barneys New York.
Other finalists include: Oliver Helden, Christian Cota, Paul Marlow of Loden Dager, Billy Reid and Robert Geller.
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