The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists 2017 have been named. They are: Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem; Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat; Christopher Bevans of Dyne; Victor Glemaud; Jordan Askill; Matthew Harris of Mateo New York; Eli Azran of RTA; Sandy Liang; Telfar Clemens of Telfar LLC, and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully of Vaquera.
The winner and two runners-up will be revealed Nov. 6 at a gala in New York. The winner will receive a cash prize of $400,000 and the two runners-up will take home $150,000 each. In the meantime, the designers are put through a set of challenges before the selection committee, which includes Joseph Altuzarra, Eva Chen, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, Roopal Patel, Nicole Phelps, Andrew Rosen and Diane von Furstenberg. One of the design challenges includes a fashion show staged at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is underwritten by Caleres, Coach Foundation, J. Crew, IMG Fashion, Lane Bryant, LifeWtr, MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue.
Want to know more about finalists? Here you go:
– Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem –
French expat Ahlem Manai–Platt has set up shop creating understated luxury eyewear that combines classic frames and contemporary details. She passed out from University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne during 2003 with majors in History.
– Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat –
Chromat is architectural swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women.
Chromat began in 2010 drawing from founder Becca McCharen-Tran’s background in architecture.
Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance through innovative design and cutting-edge technical fabrics.
Chromat is focused on empowering women of all shapes and sizes through perfectly fit garments for every body.
It’s easy to understand why strong, bold personalities all over the world—including Beyoncé, Madonna, FKA Twigs, Zendaya, Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks, and Nicki Minaj—have made statements in CHROMAT looks. Chromat has been featured in Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Refinery 29, Self Mag, Numero and more. Chromat swimwear, sportswear, lingerie and signature architectural cages are all made in New York City.
– Christopher Bevans of Dyne –
Christopher Bevans (born 22 December 1972) is an American fashion designer and creative director. Christopher Bevans was born in Brooklyn, New York City to parents of Jamaican and Belizean descent. He grew up in Rochester, New York. Bevans started as an apprentice to a tailor as a teenager and became the shop’s owner at 19. Bevans returned to New York City for his education, majoring in textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working as a freelance tailor in fashion and advertising, including Ang Lee’s work for BMW Films. Since 2014, Bevans is working with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Relativity Media to develop the Beast Mode brand, clothing and accessories line. In 2015, Bevans introduced DYNE, his debut line of tailored, technologically advanced sportswear, at Men’s Fashion Week in New York City.
– Victor Glemaud –
Victor Glemaud has introduced a new collection of knitwear inspired by artist Lucio Fontana. The launch was marked with a digital and guerilla marketing campaign, featuring images of models Riley Montana and Michael Lockley on Instagram @glemaud and on posters across downtown New York City. The collection is available exclusively at the Line in New York and Los Angeles and at theline.com. The Victor Glemaud collection debuted in 2006 and since then has reached new customer bases while garnering press accolades, from WWD and Vogue to the New York Times and Senken Shimbun. In August 2008, Glemaud launched limited edition women’s cardigans at Henri Bendel — they sold out within weeks.
Glemaud was born in Haiti and moved to the U.S. at age 3. While studying at FIT, he began his career in fashion as a design assistant to Patrick Robinson. Glemaud joined KCD in 2000, working as a publicist in New York and Paris for brands including Versace, Marc Jacobs and Helmut Lang. In 2005, Glemaud was ready to return to design, coinciding with his mentor Patrick Robinson taking over as Paco Rabanne’s artistic director. Glemaud was named Womenswear Design Advisor at Rabanne, responsible for design concept development, global trend research and overall brand and store imaging. He then went to Tommy Hilfiger as Style Director.
Glemaud is a trusted advisor in the retail and entertainment communities, having collaborated with Disney, Quiksilver, Earnest Sewn and Mackintosh over the years. He currently lives in New York City.
– Jordan Askill –
Jordan Askill is a New York based jewelry designer and sculptor, who maintains a prolific career as one of the worlds most preeminent young multi-platform design talents. He is the 2015 British Fashion Award Winner for Emerging Accessory Design, and the first jewelry designer to win a British Fashion Award in over 5 years. In 2016 Jordan was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Jordan was born, raised, and educated in Sydney, Australia. In 2000 he travelled to London where he was an intern with the late Alexander McQueen. Upon his return to Sydney, Jordan became lead designer for Australian cult denim brand Ksubi. In 2004, Askill was invited to join the design team at Dior Homme in Paris. Following four years at Dior Homme, Jordan moved to London to develop his namesake jewelry brand. Jordan launched his collection at London Fashion Week in 2010. His conceptual and sculptural approach received immediate critical and commercial acclaim. He won numerous awards including an Elle Style Award and two British Fashion Award nominations. Askill was also involved with the British Fashion Council’s prestigious LONDON show ROOMS, NEWGEN and Rock Vault programming, as well as Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East. In 2013 Jordan relocated his life and business to New York City. His collection has been present worldwide at top stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Colette, Dover Street Market, Liberty, Moda Operandi, and Opening Ceremony.
– Matthew Harris of Mateo New York –
Matthew Harris was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the son of a seamstress. He arrived to the US at the age of 16 to attend Southern New Hampshire University to complete a B.S in Hospitality Management. After completing his studies, he discovered his true passion in New York City – the art of Jewelry making. Being a self taught designer, he spent much of his time in the jewelry district learning and perfecting the craft. After honing his craft, Mateo New York was launched in March of 2009. The brand began solely focused on men’s jewelry, with the first collection pulling inspiration from the concept of a working man’s toolbox. After the success of the men’s collection, a women’s capsule collection was introduced shortly after. The collections both gained editorial features in Vogue Paris, i-D and were worn by influential celebrities such as Rihanna. The collections were soon sold by Macy’s, Nordstrom, Tsum Moscow, to name a few. The women’s capsule collection was especially well received during the brand’s tenure at HSN, selling over a million dollars in revenue. However in 2014, a strategic decision was made to refocus the brand on a higher-end consumer, and thus our women’s fine jewelry collection was launched. The fine jewelry collections bare our true aesthetic of simplicity and minimalism, drawing inspiration from modern art for the modern woman. Each piece is made from 14KT gold with a consistent use of diamonds and precious gemstones.
– Eli Azran of RTA –
Creative Director for the following brands, Unknown Factory and Eclipse Noir, each brand was retailed in top stores worldwide, which include but not limited to Barneys, Intermix, Ron Herman, Harvey Nichols and Shopbop.com.
– Sandy Liang –
The most striking thing about Sandy Liang is how chill she is. Curled up in a sweater in her bright white, mirror-covered basement studio in the Lower East Side, Drake’s new album playing in the background, the designer tells me: “Me being happy equals me being creative, and Ina Garten calms me the fuck down.” She must be watching a lot of “Barefoot Contessa” then, because she is the definition of calm. Liang showed her third collection at MADE Fashion Week for the first time in February, and is slowly building up her list of stockists (Avenue32, Assembly New York, American Rag and Spring are already among them). But the buzz is building quickly.
– Telfar Clemens of Telfar LLC –
TELFAR is a unisex line Est in 2005 in NYC by Telfar Clemens and sold internationally. It’s not for you — it’s for everyone.