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The CFDA Incubator, Now In Session


The second round of CFDA Incubator designers found out they had made the cut back in August, and ever since, they have had months to mull over dreams of how their careers might change, à la round one designers Prabal Gurung or Waris Ahluwalia, after their time in the program. At last, they (the group includes Ari Dein, Daniel Vosovic, Doug and Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros, Christian Cota, Emanuela Duca, Luis Fernandez of Number:Lab, Reece Solomon of Reece Hudson, Ricky Hendry of Isaora, Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland, and Whitney Pozgay of Whit) have moved into the communal space on West 38th Street and yesterday, they opened their doors and invited editors and buyers to come get a first look at their new digs.

Many of them of are still in awe of their upgraded spaces (which they admitted to staying up late the night before readying for Thursday’s open house). “It’s so nice to have a real studio now; we were working out of my apartment before,” handbag designer Reece Solomon, of Reece Hudson, told While they all added their own touches to their new spaces (the paint on the walls might actually still be drying as you read this), the designers were hoping at least one thing remains from the inaugural class: “I am in Prabal’s old studio, which he comes to visit a lot because his new space is upstairs, and I’m hoping he left some magic dust in here,” Fernandez admitted. “Fingers crossed.”

It already sounds like Gurung and the previous class just might have left some good luck in the halls of the Incubator—several designers said that having the CFDA Incubator attached to their name has resulted in a host of interested new buyers who wouldn’t previously have looked at their work. Womenswear designer Daniel Vosovic (pictured) happily reported he has a new A-list client or two (whose names we can’t announce) pulling his pieces for big premieres. But it’s not all work and no play in the Incubator. “It feels like summer camp!” said Vosovic. “There has been talk of having a party in here, I think Ari [Dein] has been suggesting a pajama party one night. How fun would that be?” asked Fernandez. Rest assured, it would be a chic one.

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Every Girl’s Fantasy: Sadistic Revenge, Plus A Handbag Or Two?


Many fashion films are merely commercials by another moniker. Not so with New York accessories label Reece Hudson’s smoky, mysterious new vignette Thirst, made in collaboration with Bullett magazine. The film, which was made to introduce the designer’s Fall ’12 collection, left guests like Alexandra Richards and Genevieve Jones tingling. “We did something different by actually telling a narrative,” said director Jenna Elizabeth at a celebratory dinner at Niko, hosted by the film’s star, Chanel Iman. “And I wanted to portray women in a strong, sexually confident light, not under the male gaze or hunched over behind a handbag. ” Instead, Iman catches her lover with another woman and poisons him. “The Fall collection has darker undertones, and Jenna’s work conveys that perfectly,” explains designer Reece Solomon. “And I think, for women, who doesn’t have that kind of sadistic revenge fantasy?”

Iman, for her part, proved up to the task of creating such a character, even if, as her director revealed, she’s nothing like her. “She’s such a good girl in real life,” Elizabeth said. “She’d never even smoked a cigarette.” Good thing she wasn’t sitting too near Chrissie Miller, who puffed surreptitiously behind her sake with pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jack Donoghue. “I just quit,” admitted Jen Brill. She might not be carrying cigarettes in her Reece Hudson bag anymore, but she explained that “it’s a beautiful little olive green bag, the perfect size for my lipstick, cards, keys.”

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Reece’s Pieces


It’s funny how there’s always just a little more room in one’s closet for another handbag. If you beg to differ, then you might want to clear out some space for one from Reece Hudson, the line by Parsons alum Reece Solomon. Now in her fifth season, she made her official New York fashion week debut this year, presenting at Milk Studios over the weekend.

Riffing on her inspiration of where the city meets the beach, chic structured envelope clutches, two-tone totes, and evening satchels were arranged amid large pieces of driftwood. She enlisted filmmaker, musician, and longtime pal Harry McNally to create a video installation of the collection flying through the air against blue sky. Watching it, the effect was nearly as relaxing as a day at the beach. Come spring, you’ll see Solomon’s keeping her classic styles but branching out with more color, to include bold shades of green, yellow, and blue. She’s also building upon her standard crocodile and leather repertoire by introducing new fabrics such as croc-stamped raffia, calf hair with a chevron burnout, and striped jute. While everything is made in New York City, bead-embroidered leather is sourced from India.

When it comes to naming her bags, she keeps it simple and opts for a no-nonsense numerical order. If you’re coveting the round, ruby red evening bag embellished with paillettes, fringe, and feathers, ask for the 3.5; reference No. 14 if you’re trying to describe the black python calendar clutch. Or you could just walk into Kirna Zabête, point, and purchase. Solomon seems to have the numbers working in her favor. As part of the second wave of CFDA Incubator designers, she’s one of the lucky ten that was chosen from a pool of over 170 designers. How’s she feeling about the Incubator program these days? “It’s so exciting, it hasn’t even hit me yet!” she says.

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Meet The CFDA Incubator Class Of 2014


Today, the CFDA Incubator welcomes its newest group of initiates: Antonio Azzuolo, Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein, Doug and Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros, Christian Cota, Emanuela Duca, Rick Hendry and Marc Daniels of Isaora, Luis Fernandez of Number: Lab, Reece Solomon of Reece Hudson, Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland, and Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker of The Lake & Stars. The selection committee of industry leaders, including’s executive editor, Nicole Phelps, carefully picked this group of ten young designers to follow in the footsteps of the inaugural dozen designers who kicked off the program in February 2010. We have watched the careers of current all-stars in the Incubator, like Prabal Gurung and Bibhu Mohapatra, flourish during their short time in the “fashion frat,” and here, we check in with the newest pledge “class II” before they move into 209 West 38th Street.

a. a. Antonio Azzuolo
This marks designer Antonio Azzuolo‘s second time in an Incubator program. After graduating from Ryerson University, the Montreal native took part in the Canadian version. “There are programs like the Incubator all over the world and I always wondered why the States didn’t have one,” he says. Following the program, he lived in Paris for ten years, where he honed his skills at labels like Kenzo and Hermès. Now, with his own menswear label, the designer is heavily focused on the concept of duality. “Being a twin [sibling], I have always had aspects of feminity and masculinity in my work,” the designer says. For Spring ’12, however, expect to see opposing French and Japanese cultural influences at play.

Ari Dein
“I’ve been decorating my space in the Incubator for about six months now,” lingerie designer Arielle Shapiro tells us. “In my mind, that is.” Now that it’s a reality, however, she has an antique mirror, an old yellow Chippendale chair, and a vintage suitcase on hand to fill what will become her home-away-from-home. For Shapiro, her surroundings have always played a crucial role in her design process. Most recently, her innerwear and swimwear Invisible Cities collection was inspired by a trip to Rome. Eventually, Shapiro’s hoping to parlay that interest in architecture and interior design by developing her budding brand into a full lifestyle collection to include “more swim and ready-to-wear, bedding, and home.”

Burkman Bros
You might recognize the Burkman Bros name thanks to Kanye West, who wore Doug and Ben Burkman’s woven bracelets at Coachella this year. From rappers to rugged men, their casual menswear line has since found a steady stream of followers. For Spring 2012, the globetrotting brothers were feeling Hawaiian after a trip to the islands. “We learned how to surf and found a lot of inspiration in the Hawaiian culture, particularly in relation to how we like to use prints and color,” says Doug. As for the Incubator, Ben says, “Working in a proper office space should be interesting…To have that divide between work and our home should be nice.”

Christian Cota
“The whole environment will be like going back to school,” says designer Christian Cota, who realized the wealth of benefits that comes from being a part of the Incubator program after talking to some of his friends in the current crop. “Obviously, with Diane von Furstenberg as the CFDA president, you have a tremendous support system helping you out,” Cota, who has received several honorable accolades in the past few years, like Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, says. “I’m at the point with my business where we are really expanding, and having their help to do it is key.” For Spring ’12, look out for a strong showing of polished signature Cota looks, like mixing structure with softer fabrics, and a plethora of prints.

Emanuela Duca
“My work represents my life experience,” says jewelry designer Emanuela Duca. “The rough surfaces, it’s what comes from the Roman culture, and the slick part, that’s my life in Manhattan.” Born and raised in Rome, the New York transplant has managed to find a beautiful balancing point between the two cultures in her work. Her structural collection of textural jewelry has a niche retail market, selling in galleries around the world, but Duca, like Isaora designer Ricky Hendry, wants to expand her business to reach a wider clientele with the help of the Incubator program. Continue Reading “Meet The CFDA Incubator Class Of 2014″ »

On Our Radar: Reece Hudson Belts


A few seasons in, the young New York accessories label Reece Hudson is expanding its offerings. The numerically named bags that have been a mainstay at boutiques like Castor & Pollux and Kirna Zabête will be joined for Spring ’11 by a selection of belts, inspired in part by the satchels’ straps. Two versions will hit Kirna and San Francisco’s Grocery Store next season: the simpler Lafayette ($320) and our favorite, the more ornately threaded Bowery ($520). (True to their names, they’re made in New York.) Reece Hudson hasn’t lost its darker-is-better approach to accessories, but it is lightening up a bit for the warmer months: The Bowery will be available in black and saddle brown, but the Lafayette will come, too, in a grassy green that RH’s Reece Solomon and Max Stein are calling Jungle.

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