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Three L.A.-based fashion brands are among this year’s class of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund talent.
The Council of Fashion Designers of American (CFDA) and Vogue magazine announced the 10 finalists at a cocktail party in New York on Wednesday night. The impressive class of “emerging talent” has already dressed the likes of Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift.
The finalists are:
Chris Stamp, whose L.A.-based menswear label Stampd rose to fame on the appeal of flat-brimmed caps. It has since grown into a full-fledged line that counts Justin Bieber and Kanye West among its fans. Stamp took the GQ award for best new menswear designer of the year in 2015, and recently opened his first store on La Brea Avenue in L.A.
Newbark, the covetable line of accessories designed by L.A.-based rock star stylist sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour. (They’ve worked with David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Cher and the Rolling Stones, to name a few, and their loafers and slides are stocked at Net-a-porter.)
Brock Collection by Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, the Newport Beach-based husband-and-wife team whose sweet dresses and skirts have been worn by Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Olsen.
Krewe du Optic:
Krewe du Optic, the Gigi Hadid-approved, New Orleans-based eyewear collection designed by Stirling Barrett.
Ji Oh, known for her minimalist styles. (Kerry Washington wore her black leather top to the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.)
Area, designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, who met at Parsons in New York and specialize in textile manipulation.
Rochambeau, designed by Josh Cooper and Laurence Chandler, who sold their menswear at the MADE LA event earlier this month. They’ve dressed Nick Jonas.
Chloe Gosselin launched her eponymous luxury shoe label in New York in 2014, which has since been seen on the Jenner sisters and Taylor Swift.
Morgan Lane designed by Morgan Curtis, who turned her penchant for making illustrations of dolls into a lingerie and sleepwear brand based in New York.
Over the course of the next few weeks, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee will meet finalists and review their collections. The finalists will participate in a special design challenge underwritten by Intel. In October, the finalists will travel to Los Angeles where they will present several looks at a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont.
In addition to mentorship by established designers and industry executives, the winner will receive a monetary prize of $400,000 and the two runner-ups take home $150,000 each. The winner and two runner-ups will be announced at a gala dinner in New York City on November 7. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was established in 2003.
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