New York obviously gets the bulk of fancy fashion events — Fashion Week, the Met Gala, the CFDA Awards, to name a few. And while Los Angeles is starting to attract more and more attention from the fashion industry, its only regular high-profile industry event (excluding entertainment-industry events like awards shows) is the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runway show.
Every year, the CFDA and Vogue bring out the competition's finalists to the Chateau Marmont, where their design challenge results are shown to a group of judges and an audience otherwise comprised almost entirely, it seems, of Vogue employees and celebrities. Host James Corden, along with Zendaya, Millie Bobby Brown, Kaia Gerber, the Haim sisters, Lake Bell, Cameron Dallas, Laverne Cox, Billie Lourd, Sereyah McNeill, Elizabeth Olsen and Teyana Taylor lent their star power, preternatural attractiveness and support to the up-and-coming designers. As we made earnest use out of the fans placed on every seat (it was 95 degrees), Corden made some predictable jokes about fashion people not watching sports or eating, and the show began.
This year's design challenge focused on collaboration with the finalists (a refreshingly diverse group) putting aside their competition and pairing up thusly: Sandy Liang x Dyne, Vaquera x Mateo, Telfar x Jordan Askill, Ahlem x RTA, and Chromat x Victor Glemaud. But as each mini-runway show weaved around the hotel's outdoor pool, we wondered if the challenge was to put forth the most Instagrammable concept, as the theatrics were at a pretty high level. The show began with Dyne's dancer-models doing Jabbawockeez-esque moves; Chromat had a diverse cast of swimmers start off with a dry synchronized swimming sequence (the pool was covered, unfortunately); Telfar had voguers work the runway; Victor Glemaud had his models wearing stilts and waving ribbons around; and Sandy Liang had one of her models walking a dog.
See all the images from the runway show below and celebrities above.