Sophie Theallet won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award last night. The ceremony featured a keynote address from Alber Elbaz, who co-hosted with Nicole Kidman and told the crowd, "Success is like a bottle of perfume. Smell it, don't sniff it and don't drink it." Patrik Ervell and jewelry designer Monique Pean both took home $50,000 as runners-up, while Sophie received a $200,000 check and a year's worth of mentoring. The Brooklyn based, Alaia-trained designer made headlines when she showed her SS09 collection on all-black models (post-Summer of Italian Vogue) and then again when Michelle Obama wore one of her dresses last spring. She told the audience, "I'm French, so I'm going to try to do my best...Thank you for making my American dreams come true."
Who Is The Elder Statesman? Meet CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Greg Chait
When Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman was named the winner of the ninth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund we're not gonna lie--we were a little surprised. His line of luxurious hand-spun cashmere blankets and knits beat out bigger brands with more buzz like SUNO, Wes Gordon, and even Voguette Tabitha Simmons. So who is Greg Chait and how did he manage to snag one of the most prestigious awards in fashion? We caught Chait on the phone yesterday before he headed back out to Los Angeles, where his five-year-old line is based, to ask him. From interning with Whitney Houston to making blankets, Chait's journey into the fashion industry may not have been direct but it just won him $300,000 and some serious recognition.