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July 29 2014

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Hoping to Be the Next Great American Fashion Brand

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Dao-Yi Chow, Bethann Hardison, Maxwell OsborneLast night, under the gothic archways of The High Line Hotel’s Hoffman Hall in New York’s Chelsea district, Target and the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrated the CFDA’s incoming crop of promising design talent—the CFDA Incubator Class 3.0—over cocktails and dinner. The ten honorees—A Peace Treaty’s Dana Arbib, Farah Malik, and Jesse Meighan; Sara Beltrán of Dezso by Sara Beltrán; Isa Tapia; Kaelen’s Kaelen Haworth; Kara’s Sarah Law; Katie Ermilio; Lucio Castro; Nomia’s Yara Flinn; Nonoo’s Misha Nonoo; and Orley’s Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence—toasted the start of their two-year tenure (2014-2016) in the CFDA’s business development program.

“It’s a very reflective group of what is American fashion overall,” said Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s CEO, who later added, “We have the powerful opportunity to help these ten young American fashion brands move to a new level and to create a business that’s sustainable.” Target also created a “Summer School Series” of workshops and will present the designers with an Uncommon Design Challenge, where the winner will see their product sold in select Target stores and online.

Last night was about celebrating their collective Incubator experience (they spent the morning in media training) and how they’ll grow separately as professionals. Amid the chatter, Haworth was contemplating whether to make Castro’s June wedding in Corsica, Nonoo was gabbing with fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum Dao-Yi Chow of Public School on just how they were portrayed in their Ovation TV documentary series, while Florence gushed about the Katie Ermilio dress she’ll wear to the upcoming CFDA Awards.

“Everyone can design a sketch, but not everyone can build a brand,” said Noria Morales, Target’s director of design partnerships. “The people who made it into this Incubator program have a nose for business, and we recognize that they can be the next great American fashion brands.”

Here’s to the next two years.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.comĀ 

Nomia’s Siren Song

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Since launching Nomia in 2009, Brooklyn-based designer Yara Flinn has developed a sleek, urban aesthetic. She continued this exploration of unfussy, forward-thinking clothes for Fall ’13, presenting a primarily camel, white, and black collection that combined sporty, boyish charm and soft femininity. “It’s a lot about contrast,” Flinn told Style.com in a preview. “Not just in the fabrics but in textures and positive and negative space. Achieving a perfect balance is what I strive for.”

Her aim for harmonious dichotomy came through in a slick blazer that was slit up the back, a pair of baggy black wool pants with sheer organza calves, and a quilted bomber in a shimmering silver brocade. Subtle details, like the elastic waist on a fluid silk jumpsuit, gave her clothes an everyday ease, and cropped tops and sweaters paired with high-waisted skirts were chock-full of attitude.

There were a few T-shirts, too, each of which was embroidered with a twin-tailed mermaid. The image was inspired by the Met’s sixteenth-century bronze Siren sculpture. Perhaps an unlikely reference for a modern, streetwise line. But according to Flinn, sirens are an integral part of her brand. Nomia is actually a Greek nymph. And Flinn herself is named for a Brazilian mermaid. “I’m fascinated by strong, powerful, and alluring women,” says the designer. Indeed, her wearable and accessible clothes (they range from $125 for a tee to $865 for a cashmere coat) are tailored for a contemporary temptress. We wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them flock toward her Fall ’13 looks.

Nomia is available at Fivestory, The Webster, Creatures of Comfort, and Assembly New York.

Photos: Dan McMahon

Work Hard, Play Hard

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“We call Jenne [Lombardo] the fashion fairy godmother—she’s amazing at putting creative people together,” said Nomia designer Yara Flinn last night at the W Union Square, where the hotel group was hosting its Fashion Next bash for Flinn and the rest of the designers in the program. Lombardo, W’s global fashion director and host for the evening, was on hand, along with the likes of Waris Ahluwalia and DJ Chelsea Leyland.

“Talent will only get you so far in this industry,” Lombardo told Style.com. “You also need a strong sense of business. We help them with that extra boost,” she explained of the program, which supports emerging designers. This week, they will host presentations for Fashion Next labels Suzanne Rae, Nomia, Haus Alkire, and Rochambeau. Bibhu Mohapatra, also a participant in the program, is set to stage his first runway show next week. “I’m ready to see things come to life,” he said. “We just did the second round of castings and I’m really excited—we have some beautiful girls walking the runway.”

As for post-show plans? The designers agreed market sales are first on the agenda, but that doesn’t mean all work and no play. “I’ll steal away to my little house upstate,” revealed Mohapatra. Meanwhile, Lombardo waxed pragmatic about fashion week’s parade of parties. “Every night we let loose and every morning we go to work,” she deadpanned. “It’s a high-stress, maximum-impact job, but you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com