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“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. Continue Reading “The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Reveals Its Top Ten” »
Last night we ripped open our first New York fashion week invitation— from Jason Wu. It’s an entire month before his February 13 show, which will be at Exit Art. Could it be that the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist is so on the ball because he’s been hard at work on a special dress for next Tuesday night? Possibly so, but we’re sure he won’t tell. Still, that doesn’t spoil the fun that we’re having guessing who might dress Michelle Obama on January 20.
More bad news on the fashion front: Obedient Sons & Daughters is closing its doors, but the recession isn’t necessarily to blame. Swaim and Christina Hutson’s profile has been on a fast-moving upward trajectory since they launched their label over two years ago: They were CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists last year. Unfortunately, their investor hasn’t provided sufficient capital to support the brand’s growth. “For the last year, we have continuously fought to maintain daily operations and have exhausted all alternatives and at this point we need to move on,” said Swaim. There’s good news for fans of the husband and wife team’s edgy-charming tailoring, however. The Hutsons are currently designing a new collection, the name of which will be revealed when the invitations go out for their debut show scheduled for February 14. “This is a huge risk for us, but we feel that it takes us in the right direction,” said Christina. “We are extremely passionate about what we do and truly look forward to our new focus.” We’re looking forward to seeing their new endeavor, as well.
Juan Carlos Obando thinks different. How different? When asked on his CFDA/Vogue application for his ideal business mentor, the Los Angeles-based designer went out on a limb and nominated Steve Jobs. What the Apple impresario could teach a maker of exquisitely hand-detailed gowns isn’t clear—at least not at first blush. But for Obando, who sidestepped into fashion after a successful career as an advertising art director, Jobs was an obvious choice. “Look at how identifiable that brand is,” he explains. “You don’t even need to see a logo. I mean, at this point Apple owns the color white.” He continues, “When I think about building my own company, I’m not just thinking, what are the clothes going to look like next season? I’m thinking, what’s my white?” Obando has applied his out-of-the-box thinking not only to his clothes (his New York Fashion Week debut paid homage to Batman creator Frank Miller through the prism of muse Liz Goldwyn) but also to projects such as No. 4, the newly launched haircare range he helped conceive. And more projects are in the offing. This year, he was tapped as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. The winner of the 2008 prize will be announced November 17; in the meantime, Obando answers Style.com’s questions about life in the Top Ten.
What made you want to be a designer?
An Absolut Vodka campaign featuring Tom Ford for Gucci looks. It clicked something. I saw fashion and branding coming together 100 percent. The way that ad talked to the consumer was incredible. It made you want to be there, to experience that lifestyle, to live life like that.
Albertus Swanepoel has been through this before. When the South African designer arrived in the United States in 1989, he was flying high—his apparel had earned him a Coty Award back home. Once in New York, he easily secured a design position at one of the local houses. Then came the recession. The early nineties found Swanepoel making ends meet as an assistant to glovemaker Shaneen Huxham. “The gloves were very high-end with a lot of handwork involved,” he recalls. “So it’s not like the work wasn’t interesting. The problem was that the work was seasonal.” Reluctantly, Swanepoel enrolled in a millinery course at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The rest, as they say, is history: Swanepoel’s hats, under the label Albertus Quartus, have earned him a reputation as America’s answer to Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy—that is to say, the go-to guy for fabulous headgear. To wit, Proenza Schouler, Carolina Herrera, and Alexander Wang have all enlisted Swanepoel to produce statement-making millinery for their shows. This year, he was tapped as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. The winner of the 2008 prize will be announced November 17; in the meantime, Swanepoel answers Style.com’s questions about life in the Top Ten.
What made you want to be a designer?
I’ve been drawing clothes since I was about five. I still have a few of those drawings, in fact. My parents used to attend a lot of weddings, and I’d go with them and draw the bride and her retinue.