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“There’s always a mixed response in emotion,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “A few cried, a few screamed, and one brand was a bit too cool…they admitted that they were just shocked. But they’re so excited tonight.” Kolb was talking about his experience calling the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists to give them the good news yesterday morning, an honor that is reserved for him after he and the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone, Jenna Lyons, and others select the ten finalists for the year’s competition. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and last year’s Public School, who announced the ten new finalists last night at the still-under-construction Westfield World Trade Center (hard hats were given out as parting gifts).
“It’s been a hell of a year for us—we’re still riding it and we’re still excited from winning Vogue Fashion Fund last year,” Public School’s Maxwell Osborne told Style.com. “This is a whole new feeling for us, because we’re just so young and still trying to learn and grow ourselves and already passing off the torch. It feels really good—it means there’s going to be more of a future to come.”
That bright future includes finalists Paul Andrew; milliner Gigi Burris; Simon Miller’s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent; Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman; Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman; Wes Gordon; Tanya Taylor; Ryan Roche; Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki; and Orley‘s Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence. Each brand will design a special runway collection under the advisement of the CFDA committee before the winner is selected on November 3.
The feeling among the group seemed to be one of anxious excitement. “It’s been a really long process, a long process of self-reflection,” said Alex Orley of Orley. “Today, we sort of were waiting with bated breath for a call, and Steven called us, and I think I just went white. I’m very excited—nervous, but just really excited.” Wes Gordon agreed: “So exciting! Steven called today and kind of tricked me a little bit—he said it like he was calling with bad news. It’s just such a thrill. I’m already so stressed and scared! In two weeks we have to do our big meeting with the judges. It’s like, ‘Boom! It’s here!’”
The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections kick off in New York today, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Tanya Taylor
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Friday, February 7
WHAT: “The feeling of being both in and out of focus—where color melts, edges bleed, and sharpness is blurred.” —Tanya Taylor. The designer sent us a snap of her Fall ’14 mood board, above.
Newcomer Tanya Taylor presented her third collection of feminine, vintage-inspired wares at the MoMA this season. But she wanted an auxiliary artistic outlet to convey her concept. “I always think it’s nice to add an extra element to explain what you’re thinking,” Taylor told Style.com. She settled on a retro fashion film, which played off her Fall ’13 inspiration, French artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. “He used a lot of grids and had a modular, linear approach to art,” said Taylor. “So the concept of the film was this girl with really bright clothes and a quirky personality within a very sterile grid.”
Directed by Brina Thurston and David Riley in collaboration with creative directors Arch & Loop, the film and its minimalist backdrop let the designer’s energizing mishmash of checks, floral prints, sixties silhouettes, pink fur (a new textile for Taylor), and considered details (crystal embellishments, eyelets, leather collars, and driving gloves) shine. Model Mina Cvetkovic has a Bardot essence about her, with dark eyes, a modern bouffant, and an enduring expression of ennui. “She’s kind of mysterious. She pulls you in and makes you wonder what she’s thinking,” said Taylor. But Cvetkovic and the designer’s clothes aren’t the only stars of the film—Taylor’s 5-year-old Persian cat, Oscar, makes a cameo. And boy, does he ham it up. “He just happened to be in the studio that day, and we thought, Why not throw him in a few shots?” she explained. “Now, though, his head’s getting pretty big.” Watch Taylor’s new collection, and Oscar’s grand debut, in her Fall film, which premieres exclusively above.
At her first-ever presentation, Tanya Taylor told Style.com she designs for “girls who are leaders, but are unaware of who is looking at them.” With the help of a few couches, Persian rugs, cordial tea service (“we wanted drinks, but it is 11 a.m., after all”), and classical music, Taylor transformed the raw, industrial Exit Art space into a proper parlor, which suited the preppy and ladylike yet eccentric aesthetic of her work. She described the collection as being inspired by “canny woodpeckers.” Medallion sweaters came layered underneath a drop-waist jumper dress in a matching, inverted print. Wearable pieces, like a butternut-colored motorcycle jacket in sturdy angora and a wispy herringbone jumpsuit, demonstrate that Taylor isn’t just scratching a creative itch, but is actually looking to take her clothes to the bank (she studied finance at McGill University before changing career directions after picking up a $49 sewing machine on a whim). Naturally, she had a bit of seasoned help from Cara Croninger, who created the singular, statement resin earrings, and a shoe collaboration with Aperlaï shoes. The dense turnout and enthusiastic response signal Taylor stands out among the crush of newcomers this week.