7 posts tagged "Ecco Domani"
New York fashion week is fast approaching, and things just got a little more exciting for three young designers. For the past thirteen years, Ecco Domani Wines of Italy has awarded a trio of $25,000 grants to up-and-coming New York brands that embrace “good taste” and “everyday style,” and today it announced its 2014 winners: Timo Weiland (designed by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein, and Donna Kang), DEGEN by Lindsay Degen (who, pictured left, designed some clever body stockings and socks for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret runway), and Novis by Jordana Warmflash. While the labels are each very distinct—Weiland is known for his romantic-meets-downtown style, DEGEN specializes in playful handmade knitwear, and Novis favors bold colors and vintage-inspired silhouettes—Ecco Domani sees each one as a key player in the future of fashion. If past recipients are any indication (Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang are just a few), these on-the-rise designers have a very bright future ahead.
Label: Susan Woo
Need to Know: Now in her fourth season, Susan Woo (who won the 2013 Ecco Domani award for sustainable design) was inspired by feminine strength. Her Fall woman, she says, is a romantic damsel in distress who becomes her own heroine. Focusing on black and white with pops of violet and wine, Woo merged tough independence with ladylike charm in a gray wool wrap coat; shirts and dresses with sheer mesh panels; and a cream wool georgette tulip skirt, which, paired with a sweetheart black bustier and black leather belt, had a rockabilly feel. Particularly cool was her use of perforated leather—it appeared as a pair of shorts (topped with a cotton poplin button-down and cropped wool turtleneck) and the arms and pockets of a short-sleeved wool coat.
She Says: “I think the key to sustainability is creating a product that uses organic materials without sacrificing the integrity of the aesthetic. It’s about making the two exist beautifully and making sustainability palatable for people. I sometimes compare it to how parents sneak vegetables into their kids’ food.”
Where to Find It: Bhoomki in Brooklyn, NY; Atelier 360 in Greenwich, CT; and shop-e-mode.com.
Winemaker Ecco Domani’s Fashion Foundation Awards—an initiative that aims to support New York’s up-and-coming talents—has helped jump-start the careers of Prabal Gurung, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Alexander Wang, and Derek Lam, just to name a few. Today, the foundation’s 2013 winners, each of whom will be given a $25,000 grant to help them present their collections at New York Fashion Week, were announced. A panel that includes Vogue‘s Sally Singer, consultant Julie Gilhart, Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing, and Paper magazine editor in chief Kim Hastreiter (among others), selected honorees in four categories: Tome, a New York-based label launched in 2011 by Australian designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, won the womenswear category (left: a look from their Spring ’13 collection). Ian Velardi won for menswear, Susan Woo was honored for sustainable design, and Deborah Pagani won for her line of accessories inspired by Art Deco and rock ’n’ roll. The awardees will be toasted during a luncheon on January 30.