On Monday night, the 10 talented, hopeful finalists for the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund convened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program with a crowd of industry bigwigs, celebrities and style stars. After months of competition in the form of design-based challenges, studio check-ins and branding exercises, the class of 2018 would finally learn who would take home the sizable cash prizes and a year of invaluable mentorship.
This year's top honor, selected by a committee of designers and industry insiders like Instagram's Eva Chen, Joseph Altuzarra, Saks's Roopal Patel and Anna Wintour, went to Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss. Founded in 2013, the label has already landed a collaboration with Reebok, built a dedicated roster of red carpet devotees (including Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae) and brought attention to hot-button cultural topics like police brutality, mental illness and racism in its runway shows. Jean-Raymond is an outspoken advocate of social justice and makes a point to celebrate Black culture in each of his collections. His prize? Four hundred thousand dollars.
The runners up, taking home $150,000 each, are Emily Adams Bode of menswear label Bode, Jonathan Cohen, whose eponymous label specializes in womenswear. Bode and Jonathan Cohen were founded in 2016 and 2011, respectively.
Though the other designers in the 2018 class will likely land firmly on fashion fans' radars in the years ahead, these three names, in particular, are ones to watch. Congrats to the winners!
Want to see what everyone wore to the awards ceremony? Check out all the red carpet looks in the gallery below.