Predicting the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Nov 14 2008 - 5:09pm

>> The CFDA has been busy lately, discussing [1] the possibility of sponsoring sample sales for designers who don't have enough resources to do it on their own, commissioning books [2] — including a fashion-related cookbook, and announcing [3] an upcoming three-year partnership with Mattel.  But Monday night, we'll learn which of the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees [4] will take home top honors, $200,000, and business advice, who will score one of the two runners-up titles and the $50,000 that comes with them, and who will try again next year.

The first award was given in 2004, with top honors going to [5] Proenza Schouler [6]; since then, Trovata [7] (2005), Doo.Ri (2006), and Rogan [8] (2007) have taken the top prize, and the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Philip Crangi, Rodarte [9], Thakoon [10], Derek Lam [11], and Thom Browne [12] have all been runners-up.  Without doubt, the winner generally has name recognition — and is in favor at Vogue — but tends to not be the biggest name in the group (i.e. Rogan over Phillip Lim last year).

So who will take all? »

That said, there is a definite schism between this year's nominees who seem likely winners and those that don't — organic designer John Patrick [13], milliner Albertus Swanepoel [14], cobbler Alejandro Ingelmo [15], Juan Carlos Obando, and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth [16], while all talented, seem to have a longer shot without some of the name recognition behind them.

Don't be surprised if all three top prizes came from the pool of Richard Chai [17], Vena Cava [18], Jason Wu [19], Alexander Wang [20], and Obedient Sons & Daughters [21].  Refinery29 is predicting [22] Richard Chai [23] as winner with Vena Cava [24] and Alexander Wang [25] as runners-up, which is definitely foreseeable, but Obedient Sons and Jason Wu [26] have their own traction to pull . . .
*image: source [27]

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