The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue have announced the ten finalists of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF)
The CVFF is now in its eleventh year and provides financial support and business mentoring for emerging designers in America.
The nominated designers will present their work in front of a selection committee, which includes Anna Wintour – , Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Rosen, Steven Kolb, Marcus Wainwright, Ken Downing, Reed Krakoff, David Neville, Mark Holgate,Jenna Lyons, and Jeffrey Kalinsky.
Their work will also be promoted and run through the rings of the Maybelline design challenge and a runway show in Los Angeles.
The winner and runners up, who receive $300,000 and $100,000 respectively, will be announced on the 3rd of November after which a reality tv show called “The Fashion Fund” will be shown as a documentary of their experiences.
The 2014 Finalists are:
WES GORDON, Wes Gordon
EDIE PARKER, Brett Heyman
EVA FEHREN, Eva Zuckerman
GIGI BURRIS MILLINERY, Gigi Burris
ORLEY, Matt Orley, Alex Orley & Samantha Florence
GREY ANT, Natalie Levy & Grant Krajecki
PAUL ANDREW, Paul Andrew
RYAN ROCHE, Ryan Roche
SIMON MILLER, Daniel Corrigan & Jake Sargent
TANYA TAYLOR, Tanya Taylor
In the next few weeks, the finalists will go through the final steps of the selection process which includes meeting with the Selection Committee who will interview each finalist, view their current collections and visit their desig studios. They will also participate in a special design challenge from Maybelline New York and finally present their collection at a fashion show to be held at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October.
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.”
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.