The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have announced the finalists for this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award.
The 10 finalists are a mix of lesser-known labels and designers who have already made names for themselves in the industry: Antonio Azzuolo, Joseph Altuzarra, Carlos Campos, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs, Soraya Silchenstedt of Finn Jewelry, Dana Lorenz of Fenton/Fallon, Alexa Adams and Flora Gill of Ohne Titel, Pamela Love, and Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno.
The fund was established eight years ago to support fledgling designers with prizes that include industry mentoring and grants in the amount of $300,000 for the winner and $100,000 each for two runners-up. The jury for the award this year includes Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the winners of the first Fashion Fund in 2004. Also on the committee are Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Mark Holgate, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen and Reed Krakoff.
The winner and two runners-up will be announced on Nov. 14.
I would like to congratulate Carlos Campos who has earned the distinction of being the first Latin American menswear designer to have achieved this honor in the eight-year history of the Fund’s existence.
Born in Honduras, Carlos grew up in design household, inspired by his father, a master tailor. At 13, Carlos literally walked from Honduras to New York City to pursue his own version of the “American Dream”. In 2007, after a successful career as a design consultant and Broadway costume designer, he launched his namesake brand. Carlos Campos, a modern American brand with deep Latin roots, immediately earned the respect and accolades of the global fashion community. The 2007 debut collection was named Best Menswear Collection at Mexico City Fashion Week. In 2009, he was named The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star for Menswear. His fashions have been worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment such as Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, John Legend, Ethan Hawke, and the Killers all of whom are fans of the brand.