The end of the holidays signals the start of Fashion Week, or at least a slow descent into its proper mindset. To kick it off, Ecco Domani's announced their Fall 2010 awards. Their winners, including Prabal Gurung, The Blonds and Joseph Altuzarra in the womenswear category, John Patrick of Organic for sustainable design, and Irina Arakas for accessories each get $25,000 toward their fall presentation (plus wine for guests). The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Awards are just one more way in which young American designers are offered a boost up come Fashion Week; Alex Wang, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Peter Som and Vena Cava have all won in the past and this year's winners were chosen by a committee including Julie Gilhart, Sally Singer and Paper's Kim Hastreiter. On top of their individual shows and presentations, the winners will participate in a group show at Bryant Park on the 15th. And while one could argue that Gurung doesn't really need help - Oprah? Demi? Leighton? - his dresses belong on a runway and hopefully this award will elevate him from a presentation to just that.
Prabal Gurung On His Humble Beginnings and That Time He Asked Fern Mallis If He Could Show for Free
Prabal Gurung's seen so many succesful milestones in his career (dressing the First Lady, being named a runner-up for the 2010 CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, an upcoming Target collaboration) it's hard to believe the designer only started his label in February 2009. But he's staying humble. "I have a long, long way to go," he told the crowd at the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation brunch Wednesday. "This is just the beginning. I want to be around for a long time." And we're sure he will be. Still, if Gurung ever wants to make a career change, he could do a bang-up job as a motivational speaker.