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Telfar Wins the 2017 CFDA/'Vogue' Fashion Fund

And the runners up were...
Selah Marley and Telfar Clemens. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Selah Marley and Telfar Clemens. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

On Monday night, the 10 hopeful finalists for the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gathered with industry elite and a smattering of celebrities at Weylin, an event space in Brooklyn, to find out who would come out of the grueling, time-consuming competition with some cash and mentorship. It marked the first time the award ceremony would take place outside of Manhattan, perhaps a fitting for a designer lineup that was uncharacteristically diverse.

This year's top honor, selected by a committee of designers and industry insiders went to Telfar designer Telfar Clemens. The Queens native launched his New York-based unisex line in 2005 and has been stocked in a number of influential boutiques including Colette and Opening Ceremony. His prize? Four hundred thousand dollars.

The runners up, taking home $150,000 each, are Ahlem Manai Platt of eyewear brand Ahlem and Becca McCharen-Tran of inclusive ready-to-wear brand Chromat (who took part in a panel on the importance of the plus size market at our "How to Make It in Fashionconference on Friday).

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Of course, all 10 designers receive a year of mentoring and have already likely established invaluable connections with the editors of Vogue and other industry bigwigs. But these three names, in particular, are ones to watch.

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Homepage photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for CFDA/'Vogue'