CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Honors Winner Telfar
BY OBI ANYANWU
The CFDA and Vogue on have announced the winners of the 14th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
The CVFF since its inception in 2003 has granted $5.9 million to over 35 design companies, including Alexander Wang, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Prabal Gurung, Public School and in 2016, Brock Collection and Krewe.
This year’s top winner is Telfar Clemens of Telfar, and the runners-up are Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem and Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat. The winners were among the 10 finalists this year that included brands Dyne, Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill, Mateo New York, RTA, Sandy Liang and Vaquera.
The winners of the 2017 CVFF were announced at a dinner at The Weylin in Brooklyn, which was attended by VIPs such as Alexander Wang, Derek Blasberg, Hilary Rhoda, Jenna Lyons, Lauren Santo Domingo, Nicki Minaj, Prabal Gurung, Taylor Hill, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, and Karlie Kloss who introduced keynote speaker Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Clemens, the Queens, NY-born designer who launched his namesake label in 2005, will receive a monetary award of $400,000 and the runners-up will each receive $150,000. The CVFF awards the winners to encourage and enable each of their design plans. The competition raised the prize money to $400,000 for winners and $150,000 for runners-up in 2015.
In addition, the CVFF 2017 winners will meet regularly with an assigned business mentor based on their specific needs for business expertise.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is underwritten by Caleres, Coach Foundation, J. Crew, IMG Fashion, Instagram, kate spade new york, Lane Bryant, LIFEWTR, MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Theory and Vogue. JD.com generously supported the 2017 CVFF dinner.
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