The Clothes: We already knew no one does suiting better than Antonio Azzuolo, but at his Spring 2013 presentation we learned that the master tailor also makes the best day wear in town. From red and white printed short suits to a neon ikat bomber to slouchy pale pink trousers paired with an unbuttoned shirt, Read more →
It’s Day 4 of NYFW and we’re still kicking, though we have a few blisters now. It may have been our best day ever because we saw Naomi Campbell and David Beckham in the same 24 hour span. Are there two more gorgeous people on Earth? Aside from those pretty people (and some surprises, like Madonna’s baby Lourdes Leon), we also spotted covetable clothes at DKNY, Orla Kiely, and Antonio Azzuolo, and morning margaritas at Lyn Devon.
The CFDA Awards, which you might call the “Oscars of Fashion,” are just a few hours away! In advance of the ceremony, we sent over some questionnaires to the nominees to find out how they reacted to being nominated, their biggest challenges (Snyder admits he doesn’t think he will win), and sillier stuff like their Read more →
You might know Antonio Azzuolo‘s name since he received a nod from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last year (his subsequent appearance on the web series about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, The Fashion Fund, is worth a watch) and is a nominee for the Swaravski award for menswear for this year’s CFDA awards–but you should really know him for his meticulously tailored and exquisitely made menswear.
I met with Azzuolo as he was preparing for the Met Gala, where he dressed Daniel Radcliffe and Prabal Gurung, to discuss how someone who focuses his business on high-end quality and luxury products can “make it” in today’s fashion world of H&M collabs and lower prices lines.
What do you do when you’re named a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund? If you’re Antonio Azzuolo, you relax. Azzuolo’s Spring 2012 collection took its inspiration from les minets, a rebellious French mod movement that involved dressing up, starting shit and calling themselves great names like “les bloussons noir” (I can happily note that Read more →
New York Fashion Week has officially begun and as we’ve learned, more designers are showing than ever before. New York seems to breed new talent at an alarming rate compared to other cities. And while that may irritate established designers and make our schedules that much more insane, we love nothing more than being surprised and blown away by a name we’d never heard before.
Still, it can be tough to filter out the real talent from the ones who will fade into the background. All it takes to show a collection is time and money, but to show one that makes us want to see more–that takes something special. So, for the second year in a row, we’ve handpicked 15 relatively under-the-radar designers showing this week who we think are worth paying attention to. Click through to learn about each one and why we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of them for seasons to come.
The CFDA has just announced those 10 promising young designers who will be moving into the CFDA’s garment district Fashion Incubator studios next May, WWD is reporting.
The program launched in 2010 with a $200,000 grant from the city and is now underwritten by Target. Chosen designers are provided with several hundred square foot studios priced well below market value ($1,500-$2,000). It’s a major help for a designer just starting out, allowing them to take the exorbitant amount of money they may have been spending on rent and put it into their business. It’s also just a great way for a young designer to get on the CFDA’s radar. This year, however, the program will do more than just give designers a place to work, starting with the program’s first members, which include Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet, Waris Ahluwalia and others.
They are the first beneficiaries of a new partnership with NYU’s Stern Consulting Corps., a selected group of NYU Stern M.B.A. students who will provide full business mentoring to the incubatees. They’ll help the designers develop “full financial statements, cash flow projections and investor-ready business plans.” This added business incubation component may prove even more beneficial to the designers in the long term–especially in a time when even the most talented designers can fail as the result of poor business practices.
So, who are the lucky 10?
This year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists are a mixed bag of prior nominees and newbies, clothing designers and jewelry makers, names that are on the tips of everyone’s tongues and names we’d never heard until last Thursday when the CFDA and Vogue announced them. Here’s a few details on each finalist, plus our thoughts on why each one could win, to help you decide who to root for.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue have just announced the ten finalists for the eighth-annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative, which provides financial support and business mentorship for emerging designers. The chosen ten include some of our favorites like Altuzarra, Suno and Fenton/Fallon. Click through to see who else made the cut!
“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.”
Oh Alex, how you scared the socks off of me when I was twelve and I first watched you raise havoc in A Clockwork Orange. Though Antonio Azzuolo may have taken his lead from Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian film, with his bowler hats and vests, the socks have stayed on, and he’s pulled them up in fact, to the knees. These work to great effect with some very short shorts, precisely cut jackets and brightly-striped knits, paired with casual button-downs that reminded me of prep school seniors, just released from class.
Let’s call it naughtily natty. Let’s also call it awesome, daring, and a sign of an exciting up-and-comer.