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Now in its 11th year of awarding $25,000 grants to emerging fashion designers, including past recipients Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Rodarte, winemaker Ecco Domani announced the latest round of winners this morning. A team of fashion industry insiders, including T‘s Sally Singer, former Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, and Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter, judged the the womenswear, sustainable design, and accessories categories, while the menswear designer was selected by Barneys vice president Jay Bell, Park & Bond/Gilt Man style director Josh Peskowitz, and WWD‘s men’s fashion director Alex Badia. The women’s designers are Correll Correll by Vera and Daphne Correll, Eighteenth by Alexa Galler, Haus Alkire by Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, and Sunhee by Sunhee; the accessories winner is Dezso by Sara Beltran; the sustainable design category winner is Titania Inglis; the menswear winner is Tim Coppens. Each label, chosen from a group of 200 applicants, has $25,000 to use for their collections at New York fashion week.
8:30 a.m. smack in the middle of fashion week is a rough call time, but the winners of this year’s Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards were bright-eyed for their victory lap at an ED-sponsored breakfast this morning. (The journalists assigned to cover them, maybe less so.) Former winner Derek Lam kept his remarks to the new class brief: “Get out there and meet everyone.” Winners Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, The Blonds, Salvor Project’s Ross Menuez, Siki Im, Prova’s Irini Arakas, and John Patrick, get thee to the schmooze.
First things first, of course: the shows this week, all of which got a boost from the cash award. “A big difference will be backstage, where, instead of six people running the whole thing, we’ll have a proper staff to make sure things run smoothly,” said Altuzarra. Gurung is making the transition from presentation to full-on runway shows and is “excited to shoot higher and push the line further, now more than ever,” he told us. And menswear designer Siki Im may have gotten an influx of funds, but his collection remains about just the opposite. “It’s a story I dreamed up of the boys from Lord of the Flies,” he explained, “growing up, securing a good job on Wall Street—you know, carte blanche, all that—and then suddenly losing it all.”