This morning the British Fashion Council released a shortlist of designers up for the first ever BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund - the CFDAs for Brits. Richard Nicoll and Nicholas Kirkwood are on the list, as well as Marios Schwab, Erdem, Clements Ribeiro, E. Tautz and Angel Jackson. No major surprises, except for the inclusion of Christopher Kane. He's hardly new or struggling, he's done three collections for Topshop, designs Versus for Versace and is, probably, sick and tired of still being labeled up-and-coming since Anna plucked him out of Central St. Martin's four years ago. Plus, Kane's had a very public mentor, Donatella, for over three years. Surely someone else could use a hand?
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And the Nominees for the 2013 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Are...
The British Fashion Council has just announced the shortlist of designers up for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and it's quite a talented group.
Christopher Kane Wins the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund
Christopher Kane is the this year's winner of the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. Along with a £200,000 (or $320,000) check, Kane and his sister/business partner Tammy will receive "director level mentors across the industry." The beloved Scottish designer's biggest challenge was to present a business plan to a panel of judges, including British Vogue editor Alexander Schulman and Joan Burstein from Browns. (His competition included E. Tautz, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman Yousefzada, Charlotte Olympia, Jonathan Saunders, and Peter Pilotto.)
Nicholas Kirkwood Wins BFC/Vogue Prize
Congratulations are in order for Nicholas Kirkwood. The accessory designer beat out fellow British talents like Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda Ilincic to win the prestigious BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, the UK's equivalent to the CFDA Fashion Fund Award. Kirkwood will receive £200,000 as well as access to key senior level mentors across the UK fashion industry.