Vogue and the CFDA have assembled another promising bunch of young labels to compete for a chance to win the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund this year. As usual, the 10 finalists represent various aesthetics, categories, and levels of prominence. Some may be more well-known than others, but given the number of applicants those judges have sifted through (hundreds), it’s safe to say each one of them has something special to bring to the table. And regardless of who wins, they are definitely ones to watch.
To help you decide who to root for or just learn a little more about the finalists who are not as well-known, we’ve put together a little guide. Click through for the relevant statistics on each one, plus our thoughts on why they could win.
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A.L.C. Who: Andrea Lieberman What: Womenswear, launched in 2009 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why She Could Win: She made her name as a stylist to stars like Gwen Stefani and Gwyneth Paltrow, and now as a designer, she is gaining recognition for her well-made minimalist clothing with a cult following.
Assembly New York Who: Greg Armas What: Womenswear and Menswear, launched in 2009 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why He Could Win: The unisex collection is unique in that it is made of entirely natural and historic fabrics. Lou Reed and Patti Smith are fans.
Giulietta Who: Sofia Sizzi What: Womenswear, launched in 2011 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why She Could Win: With previous experience at Donna Karan and Gucci, and credits on everything from Vogue Paris to NYLON, it's safe to say this designer has a fair chance. She is already being sold at Barneys and on Net-a-Porter.
Illesteva Who Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman What: Sunglasses, launched in 2010 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why They Could Win: The Italian-handmade, New York-designed sunglasses brand has already featured in Vogue's Best Dressed issue and gained a wide celebrity following. Daniel Craig--James Bond himself--has been seen sporting a pair, along with many hip, downtown types.
Jennifer Fisher Jewelry Who: Jennifer Fisher What: Jewelry, launched in 2005 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why She Could Win: Fisher is a former celebrity stylist with connections that could prove beneficial and her jewelry line has more editorial credits than we can count.
Jennifer Meyer Who: Jennifer Meyer Maguire What: Jewelry, launched in 2004 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why She Could Win: Meyer is most prominently known for her marriage to actor Toby Maguire, but beyond her family, her lovely jewelry can be found at Barneys, Shopbop and on myriad celebrities.
Suno Who: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty What: Womenswear, launched in 2008 Previous CFDA Nominations: Finalist for the CFDA/Fashion Fund in 2011, Swarovski Award for Womenswear in 2012 Why They Could Win: Suno is basically this year's Altuzarra. Considering how beloved they've become by editors, buyers and the CFDA, we'd say they have a pretty good shot.
Tabitha Simmons Who: Tabitha Simmons What: Women's shoes, launched in 2009 Previous CFDA Nominations: She won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2012. Why She Could Win: Fresh off her first CFDA win, this designer and former Voguette may have a leg (or a shoe) up on the competition.
The Elder Statesmen Who: Greg Chait What: Cashmere, launched in 2007 Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why He Could Win: Los Angeles-based Chait seems to be one of those rare deigners more interested in quality than quantity. Each piece of high-end cashmere feels luxurious and special and thus he's gained fans at Barneys and Vogue.
Wes Gordon Who: Wes Gordon What: Womenswear, launched in Previous CFDA Nominations: 0 Why He Could Win: Michelle Obama has already worn a jacket of his, and the 25-year-old "wunderkind," as he's often called, has received the praise of Cathy Horyn, among others.