The CFDA just announced their ten finalists for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund. Winners get $200,000, mentoring by a major fashion figure, a giant spread in Vogue, and probably their own Target line. The new kids are: Band of Outsiders, a preppy mischief menswear brand that presents their clothes on a blog (swoon). Erin Fetherston, the Paris-trained BFF of Kirsten and Zooey with Leith Clark and a lot of heart necklaces on her side. Koi, the under-the-radar Thai label run by Nunthirat Suwannagate Michael Bastian, the former men's fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. Philip Crangi, a jewelry designer with a thing for hammered gold 3.1 Phillip Lim, whose sweetly slouchy dresses you probably already own Rogan, the BFF of Bono whose jeans get worn in by rock stars before you buy them. Three AsFour, enfant terribles with pretty architectural dresses Vena Cava, Brooklyn girls with Paris style VPL by Victoria Bartlett, whose company initials stand for "Visible Panty Line." Our hearts go out to Sophie and Lisa from Vena Cava (whose design is pictured, left), but we think Phillip Lim has this one in the bag, with ThreeAsFour getting a second place award, since they have so much support from Vogue's Sally Singer... The winners are announced on November 15, and you can expect to see the Vogue team at all their shows in September. And also, here's some fashion trivia: The Casting Director books 3 out of the 10 shows on this list.
The CFDA just announced their ten finalists for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund. Winners get $200,000, mentoring by a major fashion figure, a giant spr