This week L.A. hair care master Frederic Fekkai hosted a luncheon attended by the likes of M.I.A., Eva Mendes, and Diane Kruger to toast the ten finalists of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue Magazines Fashion Fund. With a vast array of heavy hitters in both the fashion and entertainment industries, including Mary Kate Olsen, Jeremy Scott, Tracee Ellis Ross and, Lilly Collins, in attendance, the crowd was presented a fashion show in honor of the bright future of American fashion.
“This is the best-looking party I have ever been to,” said stylist Jeanne Yang as she surveyed the crowd.
It’s like we’re looking at the future of fashion,” said Tracee Ellis Ross
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the fund, the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund has sparked numerous successful careers, by having finalists compete for cash prizes and personal mentoring from American fashions biggest influences. Familiar names such as Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Thakoon are past winners of the coveted title and monetary assistance. All of them have become established and respected designers, especially with Thakoon becoming a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, and Alexander Wang skyrocketing to superstar status in just this year alone. This year one winner and two runner ups will be announced at a gala on November 16, 2009, out of the pool of ten hand picked talents including a fashion week favorite brand Ohne Titel and my personal favorite, George Esquivel of Esquivel Shoes.
“We had very strong applicant pool this year, particularly among the jewelers,” say Vogue’s Editor In Chief, Anna Wintour. “The ten finalists we selected are a talented, diverse group, who are building healthy independent businesses in challenging times.”
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