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The CFDA Fashion Incubator, Now Available On A Computer Screen Near You



With New York fashion week getting crazier by the season, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to attend all the shows and presentations one might like. A jam-packed schedule means editors are zipping across the city (and even to Brooklyn) all day long, and they simply may not have time to visit the CFDA Fashion Incubator installations. Luckily, this is all about to change—the Incubator’s ten graduating designers, including Jonathan Simkhai, Timo Weiland, Whit, Reece Hudson, and more, were able to debut their collections on this morning. In addition to product images, the website will include a selection of downloadable video content. The project is a graduation gift of sorts from KCD, who owns the digital show platform. Not only will this make things easier for editors and retailers, but, more important, the designers will reach a larger audience and gain even more support from the global fashion community. Technology for the win! Check out the collections yourself at

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The CFDA Incubator Talents Show Their Stuff


Jonathan Simkhai

“I think it’s like a football game,” explained womenswear designer Jonathan Simkhai from his brightly lit studio in the CFDA’s Incubator. “They’re sitting on the sides like a cheerleader, rooting you on, but it’s up to you to make the goal and score the point—and they’ll definitely run with you all the way to the finish line.” He’s talking about his experience thus far in the Incubator, the much-lauded CFDA program that each year takes ten young brands and helps them develop their businesses through rent-subsidized studio space and continuous mentoring over the course of two years.

On the last day of New York fashion week, Simkhai and the others showed just how far they’ve run and presented their Spring ’14 collections to buyers, editors, development mentors, and special guest Linda Evangelista yesterday afternoon.

Collections ranged from Simkhai’s own Brighton Beach mod and eighties-silhouette-inspired sexy athletica to Arielle Shapiro’s St. Petersburg-influenced modernized Art Deco lingerie to Number:Lab’s sporty, robotics-themed fashions (i.e., stylish men’s activewear designed to go from the gym to dinner). Many, including some very clean fifties-style and Indonesian looks from Timo Weiland, were inspired by CFDA and W Hotel-sponsored trips to various locales around the world. “I chose to go to Doha in Qatar to see their culture, the desert,” said jewelry designer Emanuela Duca of the original point of reference for her raw, black-and-white sterling silver collection of “primitive, sophisticated” rings, cuffs, and necklaces. “This experience has been really wonderful. There are very few months left—about seven—and I don’t want to even think about it ending!”


Designer Diary: Daniel Vosovic’s Postcard from Istanbul


As a member of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program, Daniel Vosovic was sent on an inspiration trip to Istanbul. Here, he shares the details of his Turkish getaway with

After presenting my Fall 2013 collection in New York in February, I took a break from my design studio and headed off to Istanbul to discover all of Turkey’s delights (and, hopefully, to find inspiration for Spring 2014). Having never been to Istanbul, I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was joined by my boyfriend Kieran, the CFDA’s Johanna Stout and her boyfriend Stewart, and CR Fashion Book online editor (and alum) Kristin Tice Studeman. With the W Istanbul Hotel as our base camp, we began each day savoring the country’s specialties, like dates and Turkish coffee. Afterward, we would explore the city’s breathtaking landmarks, like the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, and admire the unmatched talents of local artisans. What I treasured most, however, were the little moments spent with local shop owners, who taught me about the making of a Turkish rug, or wandering on to one of the hundreds of crooked side streets in search of an adventure.

A lesson for Istanbul: Always look up. Some of the most incredible artwork is on the ceiling.

Searching for Turkish delights—tea and more—at the bustling Spice Market. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Daniel Vosovic’s Postcard from Istanbul” »

Designer Diary: Whitney Pozgay’s Postcard from Bali


As a member of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program, WHIT designer Whitney Pozgay was sent on an inspiration trip to Bali. Here, she shares the details of her tropical adventure exclusively with

As part of the CFDA’s partnership with W Hotels, we traveled to Bali for inspiration and were humbled by the experience and the unending parade of artistry. Drive anywhere on the island and your head will spin—there’s so much to take in. We were joined by our two buds Marcy Roberts and her husband, photographer Greg Vore, who captured some special moments. The godmother of fashion, the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, was also with us for the first leg of the trip. We began in Seminyak, a bustling beach town with lovely restaurants. On a day trip, we were given a tour of an ikat factory in a small village. It was wonderful to see such intricate weaving being done by hand. Then we shot up to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where we wandered around winding streets, ducking into shops with expertly crafted carvings and textiles. After a relaxing jaunt to the north coast, we met my husband’s sister, who flew in from Singapore, and posted up at a villa in Keliki that was surrounded by rice terraces. We left Bali too soon; we fell in love and can’t wait to go back.

On our first morning, we were up before sunrise to see a temple on the eastern coast and got our first view of rice terraces.

It’s something to see a mass of ducks being herded across a busy highway. They obediently follow a red flag on a stick and spend their days in rice ponds.

Beautiful religious offerings are made daily and placed all around—so many you really have to watch your step. The contents of the handmade boxes symbolize the elements, a token of gratitude to the spirit world, and the hope of good Karma. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Whitney Pozgay’s Postcard from Bali” »

The CFDA Incubator Designers Hit The Road


The second round of CFDA Incubator designers only finished settling into their new studios this summer, but they are already on the move. The designers were joined by editors this morning at the W Times Square, where the CFDA and W Hotels announced their newest initiative to support the program: The Incubator designers will be sent to the W’s 42 locations around the globe to meet retailers, customers, and media in local markets, with the first of such trips set to take place in Atlanta this November. Each designer will also be sent on an all-expenses-paid inspiration trip to any one of the hotel’s locations worldwide. Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland (pictured) admitted they are already dreaming of the South Pacific. “The surfing, the cities, the markets, the way of life. You never know what you’re going to find,” Weiland told

A perpetual supporter of young talent, CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg expressed a touch of jealousy that no such program existed when she was starting out. “I wish I had had that!” she said. “It’s a fabulous thing for young designers to have the possibility to take a trip and get inspired—and know that it’s paid for.” The partnership is the first major effort by the CFDA to promote Fashion Incubator designers outside of New York City, and is expected to flourish beyond just sending designers on trips. “I think as the designers and CFDA and W Hotels spend more time together, there will be needs that arise that will certainly evolve our relationship,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said.

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