You may not expect a wine maker to be one of the industry's biggest supporters of up-and-coming talent, but this is very much the case with Ecco Domani. Past winners of its annual Fashion Foundation award include Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang and Derek Lam.
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the foundation has announced this year's very deserving winners: Timo Weiland, Degen and Novis. They're definitely ones to watch during New York Fashion Week, as each winner gets a $25,000 grant towards their presentations.
Here's a little intro to each promising designer:
Timo Weiland: We've long been fans of Timo Weiland, a young but widely-loved label founded by its namesake and Alan Eckstein, who just so happened to land a spot on Forbes' latest 30 Under 30 list. The team is rounded out by FIT design grad Donna Kang, who helps the duo create its youthful, gorgeous cool-kid clothing. They're currently finishing out their run as part of the CFDA Incubator.
Degen: RISD grad Lindsey Degen brings a technical approach to her quirky-cool wares, for which she focuses on knitwear. She also uses unconventional reference points -- her Fall 2013 collection, for instance, was inspired by germs. Most recently, she got some major exposure through a collaboration with Victoria's Secret for its annual runway show spectacle.
Novis: Novis designer Jordana Warmflash has only properly shown two collections since launching her line of colorful, quirky-yet-classically tailored cocktail and eveningwear done in techy fabrications -- and she's already dressed a slew of young starlets.