The ten 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists have reached the end of their final four month stage of the contest that follows their progress through the creation of their collections and documents the process in a tv series.
Paul Andrew was declared winner of the top prize last night at the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, held at Spring Studios with Stella McCartney as a keynote speaker.
Footwear designer Paul Andrew will receive $300,000 to invest in his label and one years mentorship with an established fashion designer who will guide the development his fashion business to a successful level such as those of previous winners Alexander Wang, Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Billy Reid, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Dao-Yi Chow, and Joseph Altuzarra among the thirty three who have claimed the top prize over the competitions eleven years.
Paul Andrew from Britain launched his own brand in Spring 2013 but has built his repertoire of expertise in shoe design over fifteen years working in the fashion houses of many well-known brands such as Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan and Narciso Rodriguez. Andrew manufactures in shoes in Italy utilising the finest craftsmanship and materials.
The runner-up awards were presented to jewellery designer Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren and knitwear designer Ryan Roche who each receive $100,000 and a years mentorship.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program first started in 2004 with the concept of assisting emerging designers with financial support and business mentoring through the process of a televised competition. The program also receives it’s financial support from partners including Carolina Herrera, J-Crew, Tiffany & Co. MAC, American Express to name a few.
The CVFF judging panel includes some of the most important names in the fashion industry that can make your career namely Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour; who stated that due to this year’s diversity of design disciplines, selecting a winner was “…the toughest decision we’ve had to make”.
Also on the panel was Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen, Steven Kolb, Ken Downing, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Reed Krakoff, Mark Holgate, and Marcus Wainwright and David Neville.
The other finalists were Wes Gordon, Brett Heyman of Edie Parker, Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki of Grey Ant, Jake Sargent and Daniel Corrigan of Simon Miller; Gigi Burris of Gigi Burris Millinery, Samantha Orley, Matthew Orley and Alex Orley of Orley; and Tanya Taylor.