Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Marc Jacobs serves up joyful spectacle for spring 2020

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi M…

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi Mazar, Anwar Hadid, Dua Lipa, and Migos’ Offset and Quavo.

Regarding the inspiration behind the spectacle, Jacobs commented that he wanted to reflect on the past whilst also presenting an optimistic view of the future.

“This show is a celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams and a future unwritten as we continue to learn from our past and the history of fashion,” he shared in the show notes, before going on to refer to major stars who passed away in the recent years who have influenced him. “From the genius of Karl (Lagerfeld), the cheerful and bright-eyed positivity of Doris Day, the incomparable timeless style of Lee Radziwill and the effortless coolness of Anita Pallenberg that endures a half-century later… As with closely guarded tradition, tonight is our reminder of the joy in dressing up, our unadulterated love of fashion and embracing grand gestures of unbridled expressions, reactions, ideas, and possibilities.”

After a diverse set of models flooded the venue while classic song Dream a Little Dream of Me played in the background, they then each took to the runway in the centre of the room, and the show opened with a yellow suit with matching hat, purple scarf, and lavender suede boots.

Jacobs proceeded to take fashionistas through a journey of fashion trends extending back through several decades, with highlights including a ’60s-inspired burnt orange dress with white floral appliques attached, ice-blue satin disco trousers, a green tweed suit paired with extravagant butterfly-shaped glasses, gold lame gowns, star-studded suede coats, floral print peasant-style dresses, and 1940s-influenced pinstripe suits.

Gigi Hadid walked the runway in a pale blue dress barefoot, her sister Bella Hadid sported a pink knit top, lilac jeans, and a grey hat, while Kaia Gerber made a splash in a flowing floral dress with dramatic sleeves.

And Jacobs also appeared to reference the costumes in new HBO series Euphoria, especially in relation to neon brights and shiny tights, as well as the metallic eyeshadow Pat McGrath swiped on many of the models’ lids.

Brock Collection and Badgley Mischka also presented on the final day of New York Fashion Week.

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Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond wins 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has won the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.The fashion star, who launched his brand in 2013 – attracting celebrity fans including Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae – is an outspoken advocate of social justice and makes …

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has won the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

The fashion star, who launched his brand in 2013 – attracting celebrity fans including Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae – is an outspoken advocate of social justice and makes a point to celebrate Black culture with his designs, with his spring 2016 menswear line referencing the Black Lives Matter movement via the use of video and street art.

At a gala hosted by U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the CFDA’s Diane von Furstenberg at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York on Monday night (05Nov18), with stars such as Karlie Kloss, La La Anthony, Chanel Iman, Karolina Kurkova and Zac Posen in attendance, it was announced by actress Emily Blunt that Jean-Raymond has won the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, taking home $400,000 (£306,000). Emily Adams Bode of Bode and Jonathan Cohen were named runners-up, each receiving $150,000 (£114,000).

“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by this year’s winners,” Wintour said. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, established in 2003, helps emerging American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion.

Other finalists in the 2018 competition included Batsheva Hay of Batsheva, Christian Cowan, Danielle Corona of Hunting Season, Rebecca de Ravenel, Matthew Adams Dolan and Scosha Woolridge of Scosha.

CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb also praised the latest round of competitors and added: “For 15 years, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has provided emerging talent with a path to become tomorrow’s American fashion leaders. In the process, we have identified many fashion stars, and created a culture that welcomes and fosters young talent.”

Previous winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have included Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra.

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Vogue apologises for styling Kendall Jenner in an ‘Afro’ hairstyle

Editors at U.S. Vogue have apologised for styling Kendall Jenner in what appears to be an Afro hairstyle for a photoshoot. A snap showing the model sporting a floral print dress from Brock Collection and her hair teased into a full halo of curls was u…

Editors at U.S. Vogue have apologised for styling Kendall Jenner in what appears to be an Afro hairstyle for a photoshoot. 

A snap showing the model sporting a floral print dress from Brock Collection and her hair teased into a full halo of curls was uploaded on the fashion publication’s Instagram page over the weekend (20-21Oct18).

However, a number of social media users were angered by the image, with many accusing Vogue editors and photographer Mikael Jansson of cultural appropriation, though a spokesperson for the magazine has now issued a statement to clarify the intent of the shoot.

“The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the ’60s and the early ’70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” a representative told E! News. “We apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”

The photos were taken as part of an editorial celebrating the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which was established in 2003 to help emerging American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion.

Kendall also appears in another image in the photoshoot alongside Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, who wore her hair straight.

Many Instagram users flooded the comments section of the post, with a number questioning Kendall’s casting.

“Why didn’t you get someone with an actual Afro and freckles to model for you instead?” one person argued, while another added: “If y’all wanted a model that didn’t look white y’all could’ve booked a girl of colour.”

Kendall has not yet responded to the backlash. But the controversy marks the latest drama for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who faced criticism in April 2017 for her appearance in a controversial Pepsi commercial, as well as a month later, when she fronted a special cover of Vogue India, with readers complaining they would have preferred an Indian celebrity or model in her place.

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Lili Reinhart: ‘It hurt when people thought I was pregnant’

Lili Reinhart’s self-esteem took a hit when rumours recently swirled that she was pregnant.Lili was faced with the baby gossip after she was snapped with boyfriend Cole Sprouse with a slightly rounded stomach, but quickly cleared up any confusion by te…

Lili Reinhart’s self-esteem took a hit when rumours recently swirled that she was pregnant.

Lili was faced with the baby gossip after she was snapped with boyfriend Cole Sprouse with a slightly rounded stomach, but quickly cleared up any confusion by telling her Instagram followers she was bloated at that particular moment, and not expecting a child.

She’s now admitted to ET that the talk was hurtful, though she managed to brush it off quickly.

“It was bugging me and at first it was really upsetting,” she said. “I’m 21 – I’m not pregnant (and) I don’t want people to think I’m pregnant if I’m not pregnant. It did take a hit to my self-esteem for a second and then I kind of picked myself back up and said, ‘I’m not going to let this ruin my day!'”

She added that ignoring speculation and “sweeping it under carpet” is not her style and that she found it sad that people wanted to discuss her weight.

The Riverdale star was talking at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on Monday night (04Jun18), where she showed off her flat stomach in white and pink floral ruffle gown by Brock Collection.

“Fashion is always something that I’ve really gravitated to,” she smiled. “It’s something that I want to experience – the fashion world – more so than I already have. I just started making my way into Hollywood and into this whole world, so I’m just happy to be here, happy to be wearing this beautiful dress and I just want to keep wearing beautiful dresses!”

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Brock Collection eyes international expansion with new licensing deal

Brock Collection is looking to make a major international expansion.The Los Angeles-based fashion brand was established by Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock in 2014, with the couple quickly winning acclaim for their sophisticated yet whimsical ae…

Brock Collection is looking to make a major international expansion.

The Los Angeles-based fashion brand was established by Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock in 2014, with the couple quickly winning acclaim for their sophisticated yet whimsical aesthetic and taking home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2016.

Now, Laura and Kris are gearing up to make a splash outside of the U.S. and have signed a licensing deal with Onward Luxury Group (OLG), with the intention of making moves within Europe and the Middle East.

“The timing is really crucial for us,” said Laura of the exclusive agreement, according to Business of Fashion. “We’ve reached a place in our business where we’re ready to grow on a different level.”

OLG is based in Italy and is a subsidiary of Japanese group Onward Holdings. As well as producing an eponymous line, the company has made clothes for many major brands, including Calvin Klein, Sonia Rykiel and Paul Smith, while it also owns Jil Sander and Joseph.

Going forward, the Brock Collection designers want to double sales over the next three years and launch an accessories collection.

According to Kris the OLG partnership with allow him and Laura to focus their attention on developing the creative side of their business.

“Before, as any startup, we had our hands in everything,” he said. “The line plans are growing slightly and we’re going to dive deeper into categories that are high-performance, like dresses, knits and denim.”

Celebrity fans of Brock Collection include Margot Robbie, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Alba, with the garments currently stocked in retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Net-a-Porter.

Prior to launching their company, Kris sharpened his skills as a tailor while freelance assisting Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger, and Laura worked under designer Olivier Theyskens during his tenure at Theory.

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