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Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the CFDA/'Vogue' Fashion Fund


Watch the drama unfold as emerging designers vie for the coveted award.

It's been a while since I've talked about my favorite person on the planet: Anna Wintour. But today, I was tipped off by The New York Times' Eric Wilson of a new documentary series--hosted on Hulu, of all places--that follows what goes on when a group of up-and-coming designers compete for the top prize from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. A team of leading industry players (including my beloved Anna, Diane von Furstenberg, retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, and others) review a select group of new talents and decide who is worthy of the top prize, which includes a cash reward and mentorship. For lovers of fashion, it's an insightful and brutally honest look at what it takes to run a business in an overcrowded market--it's not as glamorous as you'd think (Anna notes that young designers often live, "hand to mouth.") While a lot of time is devoted to the designers and their struggles to stay afloat in a capricious business, my favorite part came when the judges had to defend their choices. It's where Wintour really shines. Girlfriend is everything you'd imagine: decisive, shrewd, intelligent, and above all, firecely commited to her beliefs. She didn't get to the top by being a pushover, which she clearly demonstrates in the deliberation process. Also, you see how much she really does love, live, and breathe fashion, and how she wants to ensure that New York remains a worldwide industry leader. I bow down. Check out the first episode below:

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