A-list actresses, fashion designers, top stylists and industry power brokers were introduced to the next generation of American designers as the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund held a fashion show presenting its 10 finalists on Thursday afternoon at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
Victoria Beckham, Joel Silver, Tobey Maguire and Vogue’s Anna Wintour were among the star-studded guests at the event as models strolled through the hotel’s garden. Vogue’s fashion news director Mark Holgate and west coast senior editor Lisa Love hosted the event followed by a tea reception where brightly colored macaroons, cakes and petit fours were piled high on tables.
Three of the finalist designers are Los Angeles-based, including stylist-turned designer Andrea Lieberman of ALC, Greg Chait of Elder Statesman (known for his luxuriously heavy cashmere) and Jennifer Meyer. As Meyer’s jewelry -- which is worn by the likes of Rihanna and Reese Witherspoon -- was presented, her cheering section consisting of husband Maguire, her father and stepmother Ronald and Kelly Meyer, Jennifer Aniston and Willow Bay went wild with applause.
“For Jennifer, getting to be a part of this group and go through this honor and have the exposure to people that she admires is fantastic," said Maguire. “It’s a great experience for her, and I’m thrilled for her.”
The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund was started in 2003 to help emerging designers find success through financial support and mentorship by industry professionals. The first place winner is awarded $300,000 and the two runners-up are awarded $100,000 along with industry guidance that fits the designer’s needs and industry goals. Previous mentors include Howard Socol, Mark Lee and Domenico de Sole. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Nov. 13.
“I was so impressed with all the work, said film producer Joel Silver. “I thought Wes Gordon was very impressive and Tabitha [Simmons], the shoes were really impressive.”
The Rodarte sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, Marisa Tomei, Isla Fisher, James Marsden and Rachel Zoe -- in an all black velvet suit on the hot afternoon -- were also in attendance. Katy Perry, who was dressed in one of Gordon’s tight-hugging sheath bird print dresses, and Gwen Stefani shared a chat in the garden post-show.
"I saw you on Ellen,” said Perry to Stefani. “I liked your light up drum kit. I have one, as well!"
Beckham arrived in a canvas light cream-colored skirt and short-sleeved white, lacey blouse from her self-titled collection with Manolo Blahnik shoes. While seated to next to director Baz Luhrman, they, along with Wintour, clapped as Elder Statesman's models walked out with the young son of LA-based designer Jenni Kayne.
“I can really appreciate other’s work, and I’m really excited for all of these designers, said Beckham. “It’ not just clothing, it’s jewelry it’s shoes so there’s a lot to look at and a lot of energy and a lot of talent.”
Following the event, Beckham hosted the British Fashion Council’s London Showrooms dinner in combination with Wintour’s dinner for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills.
“I’m English, I live in America, so if I get the opportunity to celebrate just designers I think that it’s great. I’m very excited.”