The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Reveals Its Top Ten-------
“I think my stomach dropped to the floor and all the blood rushed out of my hands and my feet,” said Misha Nonoo of her reaction when she learned she was one of the ten 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. The emerging-designer initiative invited program alums and industry insiders, including Thakoon Panichgul, Prabal Gurung, Pamela Love, and Max Osterweis, to Rag & Bone’s Meatpacking District studio last night, where the names of this year’s top picks were revealed. Now in its tenth year, the program will announce the 2013 winners—who will receive financial support and mentoring—at a Gala in L.A., on November 11.
This year’s finalists—Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard of Veronica Beard, Marc Alary of Marc Alary Jewelry, Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder, Misha Nonoo of Nonoo, Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, Commodore Jason Jones of Parabellum, and Juan Carlos Obando—were selected by a group of influencers, which included new judges Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone.
“Every year we wonder, Who is going to apply? And is there going to be enough talent for us to pick ten from? And, without question, we always find ten,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb of the selection process.
“It’s pretty strange to be standing here, to be honest,” quipped Wainwright. “We still remember that day [when we were selected] in 2006.” Neville added, “We were two English guys with no sort of fashion experience, and then all of a sudden we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my god.’ And pretty much everything good that has happened to Rag & Bone has happened since then.” When pressed for some veteran’s advice for the finalists, Wainwright offered, “If you listen well, you can really help grow your own [brand]. It’s an incredible thing for a young fashion business.”