The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) just honored another set of designers for their exemplary industry talent.
The not-for-profit trade association selected Brock Collection, a New York-based luxury womenswear label, as the winner of the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Brock Collection designers Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar Brock were awarded $400,000 for the future development of their fashion brand. The winning designers were announced by Michael Kors and Zendaya at the 13th annual CVFF dinner at Spring Studios in New York City Monday night.
“Each year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund identifies the most promising designers who are creative and have great business potential,” CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb said. “This year is no exception.”
In addition to Brock Collection’s award, two runners up were also selected: Adam Selman and Krewe du Optic. Each label was awarded $150,000. Other program finalists included Area, Chloe Gosselin, JL OH, Morgan Lane, Newbark, Rochambeau and Stampd.
Participants passed an application process, which required them to have a U.S.-based primary design business, recent editorial coverage, a minimum of two years’ experience and professional staff. Once selected, those that moved to the finalist rounds were challenged with several tasks, which included curating a styled Instagram post and establishing wearable technology pieces. Lastly, finalists were required to create their own collections for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund show.
Established in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is an annual competition that supports emerging American apparel designers. Selected winners receive a monetary prize and meet regularly with their assigned business mentors for future label growth. Over the past 13 years, the program has granted $5.2 million to many design companies, including Alexander Wang and Public School.