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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announces finalists

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has announced the 10 designers that have been chosen as finalists for this year’s competition.

Finalists were chosen by the fund’s committee, which includes Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Mark Holgate and Andrew Rosen. Anna Wintour is a notable absence from the committee after being closely involved with the CVFF in the past.

“While Anna’s schedule won’t allow day-to-day involvement with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, she is still incredibly visible in the entire process and competition,” Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, said in a BOF report. “She is aware of each of the applicants, and will be meeting with them in a private setting and attending all CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund events.”

This year’s finalists are as follows —

Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem

Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat

Christopher Bevans of Dyne

Victor Glemaud of Victor Glemaud

Jordan Askill of Jordan Askill

Matthew Harris of Mateo New York

Eli Azran of RTA

Sandy Liang of Sandy Liang

Telfar Clemens of Telfar LLC

Claire Sully, Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee and David Moses of Vaquera

Four new judges will join the selection committee this year, Joseph Altuzarra, creative director at Altuzarra, Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicole Phelps, director at Vogue Runway.

The selection committee will meet with each of the finalists to provide mentorship and guidance by reviewing their recent collections, conducting interviews and visiting their design studios.

In October the competition’s annual Chateau Marmont fashion show will be be held in Los Angeles, followed by the gala dinner in New York City on Nov. 6, where the winner and two runner ups will be announced. The winner will receive $400,000 and two finalists will each receive $150,000.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to transform the careers of American designers through mentoring and financial support,” Kolb said in a statement. “By fostering emerging talent, the Fashion Fund lays the foundation for the future of American fashion.”

By Haley Reid

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