The votes were tallied — no, not those votes. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund elected its newest winners, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock of Brock Collection, the recipients of $400,000 and a year of mentorship. The two runners-up were Stirling Barrett of Krewe du Optic and Adam Selman, who received $150,000 each. The announcement came Monday night at the CFDA/VFF’s 13th annual gala held at Spring Studios.
Winners and runners-up were chosen by the competition’s judging committee, which included Ken Downing, Mark Holgate, Steven Kolb, Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright, David Neville and Jenna Lyons. The other finalists competing for the prize were Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, Chloe Gosselin, Ji Oh, Morgan Curtis of Morgan Lane, Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of Newbark, Laura Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau and Chris Stamp of Stampd. Michael Kors and Zendaya presented the awards.
It’s safe to say that it escaped no one that the event was held on the eve of what has been perhaps our nation’s most contentious and historic presidential elections. Fashion is nothing if not zeitgeisty. To be fair, the CFDA/VFF gala typically falls on the first Monday in November, which would be very on-brand title for a Vogue-sanctioned fashion documentary or TV series on the process, if one wasn’t already in production.
Past recipients of the CFDA/VFF include last year’s triple winners Jonathan Simkhai, Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Rio Uribe of Gypsy sporty; and previously Paul Andrew; Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School; Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman; Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra; Billy Reid; Sophie Theallet; Alexander Wang; Rogan Gregory for Rogan; Doo-Ri Chung for Doo.Ri; John Whitledge, Sam Shipley, Josia Lamberto-Egan and Jeff Halmos for Trovata, and, in the fund’s inaugural year, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler.