Last night during a dinner at Spring Studios, Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock of Brock Collection were awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's top prize.
The duo's earthy collection, which gave off vibes of Marie Antoinette’s trek to the countryside, was awarded the top prize of $400,000 by a selection committee which included Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, and Steven Kolb, among others. Adam Selman and Krewe du Optic's Stirling Barrett were named runners-up, each getting prizes of $150,000.
The top ten finalists were announced in June, and participated in a number of events since then, including meetings with the selection committee, a design challenge in partnership with Intel, and a fashion show in L.A. last month. The roster this year was a bit more diverse, as eyewear, shoe, and lingerie designers competed alongside traditional ready-to-wear brands. But considering last year's winner, Aurora James of Brother Vellies, deals strictly with accessories, no one was at a disadvantage.
The other designers competing this year included Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, Chloe Gosselin, Ji Oh, Morgan Curtis of Morgan Lane, Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of Newbark, Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau, and Chris Stamp of Stampd.
In the past 13 years of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, countless designers who have been in the top ten finalists have gone on to become major players in the New York fashion scene and beyond. Obviously congratulations are in order to the top three, but the amount of support and exposure all the participating designers will receive is invaluable.