On Monday night, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists gathered with industry elite at Spring Studios to celebrate the 13th annual gala and award ceremony, where the 2016 winners would be announced to the public. From a group of 10 remaining brands that spanned the categories of ready-to-wear, menswear, accessories, optical and lingerie, Brock Collection — founded by husband-and-wife design duo Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock in 2013 — was named the victor, taking home a cash prize of $400,000 to invest in their company, as well as continued business mentorship from CFDA members.
The pair met while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, and their collections of elegant, high-end ready-to-wear are stocked at retailers like Barneys, Moda Operandi, Ssense and Forward by Elyse Walker. With their modern twists on classic silhouettes and focus on craftsmanship — robe-style jackets done up in fur, timeless loafers in crushed velvet, meticulously tailored vintage-inspired denim — Brock Collection fast became an editor and buyer favorite.
Two runners-up were also named: The New Orleans-based eyewear label Krewe, founded by Stirling Barrett in 2013, as well as Adam Selman, the eponymous collection of ready-to-wear that Selman founded in 2013 that's popular among fashion-forward celebrities like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande. Each of these labels will take home a $150,000 prize. We suggest you get to know these brand names now: they're now officially playing in the big leagues.