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April 20 2014

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Public School Takes the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s Top Honor

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Dao-yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne

Tonight in New York, industry insiders and supporters such as Julianne Moore, Christina Ricci, and Diane von Furstenberg gathered at Spring Studios for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s annual gala. Earlier this year, the decade-old initiative, which provides financial support and mentorship for emerging fashion talents, selected ten semi-finalists for its 2013 prize. And this evening, following a speech by Tom Ford, on-the-rise menswear label Public School, designed by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, took the top honor. “We’ve been having such a great year, we were happy just to be here with you,” said the designers during their acceptance speech—and they weren’t kidding about the great year bit. The pair also took the 2013 Swarovski Award for Menswear at the CFDAs in June. “To say we’re tremendously humbled is an understatement,” added the winners, who were chosen by a committee that included Reed Krakoff, David Neville, Marcus Wainwright, Anna Wintour, and Jenna Lyons, among others.

The runners up, too, expressed their excitement. “Being in this room and on this stage [with Tom Ford and Julianne Moore], I want to stay here forever,” said second runner up, jewelry designer Mark Alary. Juan Carlos Obando, who was named as the first runner up, offered some heartfelt words of gratitude. “The word thank you is very small. I found a word that is really true. It’s I love you, to all the judges.”

Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

Even Kimye Will Come Out for a Good Cause

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Gelila Puck, Franca Sozzani, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

Last night in L.A., some of the biggest names in fashion, music, film, and food came together at the inaugural gala and auction for Wolfgang and Gelila Puck’s Dream for Future Africa Foundation. Gelila, who was born in Ethiopia, founded the organization in 2010 in order to help the children of Africa. Indeed, it’s a good cause—one that drew everyone from Karolina Kurkova, Angela Lindvall, and Dita Von Teese to Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, and Reed Krakoff. “Tonight as I was getting ready, standing in my closet, this white gown called out to me,” the hostess said of her Deco dress. “I chose to wear white to represent our organic spirit in honor of our mission.”

As guests including Ali Larter, Maria Sharapova, Devon Aoki, and Rachel Zoe mingled, a newly engaged Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrived just in time to greet the evening’s honoree, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. “I doubt Franca knows this, but my first modeling job was with Vogue Italia,” said Amber Valletta while introducing Sozzani to the crowd. She later added that the editor changed the course of her career. Taking the stage to accept her accolade, Sozzani coined the night’s catchphrase: “Giving back is the new luxury.”

Photo: Getty Images

Claire Courtin-Clarins Changes Faces

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Claire Courtin-Clarins and Lauren Bush Lauren“I am so nervous!” confessed Claire Courtin-Clarins at last night’s soirée celebrating her first-ever art exhibition. Dressed in a rosy Thierry Mugler number, the beauty heiress battled jitters in an effort to raise money for Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation.

The philanthropic opening drew the rest of Courtin-Clarins’ clan as well as Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lily Kwong, Giovanna Battaglia, and Reed Krakoff, among other guests, and attendees were able to silently bid on Courtin-Clarins’ paintings. Titled Faces of Change, the show featured collage portraits of world leaders and human rights activists ranging from Rosa Parks to Angelina Jolie to Bill Gates.

Hung in Chelsea’s airy Haven’s Kitchen, the minimalist portraits were noticeably lacking—in facial detail, that is. To say that Courtin-Clarins should choose to depict each do-gooder sans visage is ironic, given Courtin-Clarin’s relationship to the 59-year-old French beauty brand that bears her name. “I wanted to show more of what makes these people unique, and it could also be you,” she explained.

The silent auction ends online at charitybuzz.com on October 22, and as of now, someone named “Happypapa” (who’s naturally assumed to be Courtin-Clarins’ actual papa, Christian Courtin-Clarins) is the leading bidder on the Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi portraits. Said the artist, “I told my father that he can’t monopolize the sale!”

Photo:Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

Vanessa Traina Draws THE LINE

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Protagonist

Vanessa Traina is a busy bee. Somewhere between styling Joseph Altuzarra’s Spring ’14 runway and preparing to head to the shows in Paris, Traina’s found time to serve as the executive creative director of THE LINE—a luxury e-tailer that launches today and features a tightly edited selection of clothing, beauty products, and home goods. Handpicked by Traina, the site’s stock includes what the stylist calls “quintessentials”—that is, pieces that are clean, simple, and, above all, timeless. “With all of the fast fashion today, we felt the need to strip down and get back to the basics,” Traina said. “We are not aiming to bring you the hottest trend of the season; we are presenting items that are elevated yet familiar.”

One not-so-familiar brand is Protagonist (above), which, designed by Kate Wendelborn is launching exclusively with THE LINE. Protagonist captures THE LINE’s minimalist focus: brushed wool pullovers, crisp white blouses, and boxy tunics (in shades of black, white, and blush) look current yet trend-proof.

Other brands featured include Reed Krakoff, Rodin Olio Lusso (best known for its cult-favorite beauty oil), interiors range Andrianna Shamaris, J.W. Anderson, Assouline, and Vince, among others. “We are very excited about the brands that we have on board,” Traina said. “We essentially wanted to create the perfect, seasonless wardrobe—those items that you can throw on no matter the day, time, or season.”

Photo: Courtesy of The Line

Reed Krakoff Buys Himself Out

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Reed KrakoffThere’s no shortage of Reed Krakoff in the headlines today. As the designer prepares to show his Spring ’14 collection this afternoon, yesterday news broke that Krakoff had officially acquired the majority share in his eponymous company from parent brand Coach Inc. In WWD, he called the move “simultaneously a new beginning and a culmination of something.” The price of independence? A reported $50 million—which makes us all the keener to see what he’ll send down the catwalk today.

Photo: Monica Feudi/ Feudiguaineri.com