Two years ago, 10 up-and-coming designers joined the CFDA Fashion Incubator, a program that offers promising brands affordable studio space, business mentoring and the invaluable support of the CFDA. Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra and Public School are all former incubatees, and now the class of 2014 is getting ready to "graduate," spread their wings and fly off on their own.
But not before presenting their fall 2014 collections. While a few of the 10 designers -- Whit, Timo Weiland, Jonathan Simkhai -- staged their own separate shows or presentations, many of them chose not to. So as a show of support, fashion PR powerhouse KCD gave each of them an online outlet to present their designs to press and buyers through its own Digital Fashion Shows platform, where assets like photos, videos and bios are available to download.
I didn't have any shows after Timo's this morning, so I spent the rest of the afternoon browsing their collections. Click through for some highlights from these outgoing designers, who are about to embark on a pretty pivotal time in their careers.
Ari Dein Name: Ari Dein What she designs: Beautiful, understated high-end lingerie and sleepwear that we want to live in. Claims to fame: Stocked in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman; collaborates with Carolina Herrera.
Burkman Bros Names: Doug and Ben Burkman What they design: Rugged menswear staples with prints and fabrics often sourced from exotic countries. Claims to fame: Stocked in Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue; nominated for the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer in America award in 2010.
Daniel Vosovic Name: Daniel Vosovic What he designs: Sophisticated, wearable womenswear. Claim to fame: Runner up on Season 2 of "Project Runway."
Emanuela Duca Name: Emanuela Duca What she designs: Sculptural jewelry. Claims to fame: Has exhibited at the Smithsonian; was the recipient of the 2009 American Craft Council Award of Excellence.
Isaora Name: Marc Daniels and Ricky Hendry What they design: Stylish high-tech performance wear for men. Claim to fame: Has collaborated with Quicksilver.
Jonathan Simkhai Name: Jonathan Simkhai What he designs: Cool, vaguely sporty womenswear. Claims to fame: Stocked by Barneys New York and Net-a-Porter.
Number:Lab What they design: Versatile menswear that can go from the office to the gym.
Reece Hudson Name: Reece Solomon What she designs: Accessible, unassuming vintage-inspired handbags and clutches. Claim to fame: Stocked in Barneys New York.
Timo Weiland Names: Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang What they design: An elevated, dressed up version of streetwear for men and women, inspired by musicians and NYC cool kids. Claims to fame: Won the Ecco Domani Award this year; stocked in Barneys New York.
Whit Name: Whitney Pozgay What she designs: Super cute, whimsical-yet-wearable womenswear. Claims to fame: Kate Spade's niece; former Steven Alan designer; has collaborated with Anthropologie.