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July 31 2014

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Théallet Trumps The Woolmark Prize Competition

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“This is a proud day for me,” said Sophie Théallet (pictured) at yesterday’s announcement for the U.S. winner of the International Woolmark Prize, held at the Crosby Street Hotel, which drew nominees including Prabal Gurung, Naeem Khan, and Bibhu Mohapatra. The contest, which was revived this year after lying dormant since 2008, boasts impressive alum including then-unknown 1954 recipients Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. The winnings? $100,000 and a slot in the global competition held in London next February. (Théallet stands to collect an additional $100,000 towards a runway show plus luxury retail partners, including Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.)

“This was an opportunity to give CFDA members a global platform,” said Steven Kolb, who spearheaded the project stateside along with co-judges Narciso Rodriguez, Sally Singer, and Linda Fargo (all came out for the affair). “It’s an important time in American fashion; twenty years ago we wouldn’t have even been invited to participate.” As for Théallet, winning was a full circle of sorts. “My grandfather had a knitwear factory in the South of France so this award is dear to my heart,” the former Alaïa apprentice told Style.com. For the competition, Théallet crafted a demure ensemble that read one part cropped sweater, one part corseted frock as an homage to her mother, who would pair her grandfather’s knits with sexy underpinnings. “To me, knitwear is about love,” she added. “It’s what you wrap yourself in, cuddle with, or wear like a boyfriend’s sweater. It’s something we all fall in love with.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

Out Of The Incubator, Into The World

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“Congrats, grads!” one partygoer said last night to a group of inaugural CFDA Incubator designers, including Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Waris Ahluwalia (pictured, right), standing in a circle in the penthouse of the Mondrian Soho. “Where are your cap and gowns?”

Stylish as they are, the designers eschewed traditional graduation garb and decided to sport the clothes of their choosing for last night’s party, fêting the end of the designers’ stint in the first-ever round of the CFDA Incubator program. They didn’t, however, skip out on the sentiments surrounding the end of an era. “Can you believe it has been two years?” the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor asked the crowd as she began her commencement speech, with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb (pictured, left) standing next to her. She was answered with a resounding no. “Tonight, everyone is a little teary—it’s emotional. But it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning of the next chapter. Mark my words, we look forward to continuing to watch you, support you, and applaud all of the success we know you are going to have.”

After Smilor’s heartfelt speech, the designers mused over the next chapter. “I’m definitely a little sad,” said Gurung, who just got back from a month of traveling in his native Nepal. “But I’m also feeling very ready to move on.” Mohapatra, for his part, shared similar emotions but admitted, “I moved into my new studio space, and at first it was scary because it was too big. I’m getting used to it now, though,” he said as he glanced toward the wall, which was showcasing the results of his and the rest of the Incubator designers’ photo project with the School of Visual Arts. For the assignment, every designer partnered with one of the school’s Masters in Photography Studies, Fashion Photography, students to create a brand campaign, in consultation with Trey Laird of the renowned creative agency Laird + Partners. Below, Style.com has an exclusive first look at some of the photos.

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Spurr’s CFDA Nod Not At Risk

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Just two days after his CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award nomination, Simon Spurr exited his label. However, WWD reports that even though Spurr is no longer associated with the brand he co-founded with Judd Nydes in 2006, his CFDA nomination won’t be directly affected. “It’s the individual, not the company, that is nominated,” says CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “I hope that voters will vote on the body of work.”

At this time, executives at the Simon Spurr label are not commenting on the designer’s departure. Spurr himself is also remaining tight-lipped.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

OpenSky’s The Limit

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“Up until six months ago, I thought OpenSky was an airline,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb admits. For those in the same boat, OpenSky.com is actually a new e-commerce site that offers members (sign-up is free and open to anyone) access to a virtual cabinet of celebrity and expert curators. Members to the site choose the experts—spanning fields from fashion to design to food to fitness and including Julianne Moore, Carolyn Murphy, Lori Goldstein, and more—that most appeal to them, and can then shop items said experts curate for the site. Starting tomorrow, you can count the CFDA among them. As part of a new initiative, OpenSky members will be able to buy exclusive accessories from CFDA members including Diane von Furstenberg, House of Waris’ Waris Ahluwalia, Albertus Swanepoel, Selima Optique, and Fallon’s Dana Lorenz.

“We wanted to start with accessories since American accessories are the best and they never get the spotlight they deserve,” Kolb explains. “But ultimately it is the CFDA’s dream to sell something from all 400 CFDA designers.” Until then, designers like Swanepoel, a milliner, are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. “It is amazing exposure for my small brand,” he says. “I do not currently have e-retailers on board, so this is a first for me.” Here, in this Style.com exclusive video (above), Swanepoel talks about the four exclusive hats he made for the program.

Prepping A New Class Of Models For Their Runway Debuts

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As a new model, how do you prepare for your first-ever New York fashion week? For those eager, lanky teenagers just recently thrown into the fashion vortex, no piece of advice falls on deaf ears. On Wednesday afternoon, New York Model Management, which represents notables like Melissa Tammerijn, Sui He, and Lisanne de Jong, held an orientation for its crop of fresh faces to answer questions about what they should expect in the coming weeks. Panelists including the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, top casting director John Pfeiffer, and street-style photographer Phil Oh commented on everything from the CFDA’s updated health guidelines to ways to stand out using your personal style.

“Who am I? Some 50-year-old coming to talk to all these pretty girls?” Steven Kolb laughed. “But I know about it. Fashion is very seductive, but at its core, it’s a very warmhearted industry. And you should never apologize for being thin or in shape.” Pfieffer, who casts shows like Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, and Prabal Gurung, added, “Always walk around as much as possible. People are looking at you all the time. You never know what casting director or blogger will be around, so you always have to look the part.”

Some of these pointers may sound obvious, but even the non-freshman catawalkers, like 19-year-old Marihenny Rivera-Pasible, found the tips helpful. “I think these types of open conversations are pointing us in the right direction,” said 16-year-old runway novice Amira Ahmed, who just moved from London in time to shoot the new Gap campaign. Keep an eye out for her this season, on the runway and on the street—as the panelists pointed out, she already seems to have personal style figured out and has been popping up on street-style blogs frequently.

Of course, not every girl makes it big on her first outing, à la Daphne Groeneveld. “If it doesn’t work out this season, just keep trying,” Pfeiffer encouraged. “There are so many girls who didn’t make it their first or second season. Or fourth—Daria Werbowy. Or even fifth—Lara Stone.”

Photos: Courtesy of New York Models