The 10 finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have been announced, and each now has a shot at raking in that sweet, sweet $400k grand prize (two runner-ups will take home a cool $100K).
Each one of the 10 picks will receive mentorship and guidance from established industry creatives, and present a final collection at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont in October. From there, judges will decide a winner and announce the top contenders in NYC on November 6.
The panel, which consists of such legends as Diane von Furstenberg, Ashley Olsen and Prabal Gurung, welcomes four new members this year: previous fund winners Joseph Altuzarra and Eva Chen, Saks' Senior VP and Fashion Director Roopal Patel, and Vogue Runway's Director Nicole Phelps.
The finalists this year include some of our queer favorites, including Vaquera, who've previously wowed us with their Handmaid's Tale collaboration and alt-Americana inspired runways, and Chromat, responsible for futuristic swim and athleticwear and a new electric capsule collection with MAC. Take a look at the full list, below:
Ahlem Manai-Platt (eyewear): Ahlem
Becca McCharen-Tran (swim and athleticwear): Chromat
Christopher Bevans (menswear): Dyne
Victor Glemaud (knitwear): Victor Glemaud
Jordan Askill (jewelry): Jordan Askill
Matthew Harris (jewelry): Mateo New York
Eli Azran (streetwear): RTA
Sandy Liang (womenswear): Sandy Liang
Telfar Clemens (ready-to-wear): Telfar LLC
Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses & Claire Sully (ready-to-wear): Vaquera