On Thursday, Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America released the official lineup for its annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. For those who may not be familiar with the program, the Fund is a high-stakes search for America's next big ready-to-wear designer. Throughout the next few months, the 10 finalists will compete for a grand prize of $400,000 and a yearlong mentorship by CFDA designers and executives.
For the fashion industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony on Monday night, model Ashley Graham chose a flesh-toned Vera Wang dress from the designer’s 2019 Bridal collection. Graham looked stunning in the svelte, form-fitting silk mermaid gown featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline, bandeau bodice, and sheer midfriff. Graham topped off the look with a bold red lip and styled her hair in loose waves.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund honors emerging American designers, so it’s pretty much a prerequisite that honorees and attendees show up in style.
The CFDA Fashion Awards is an annual celebration of some of the finest contributions made to American fashion. Every year, an exclusive invite-only network votes on the best and brightest in categories ranging from womenswear and accessories to creative vision and personal style. Aside from the cutting-edge wardrobe choices and the amazing acceptance speeches, there is also a plethora of head-turning hair looks that rule the red carpet. What was the biggest ‘do to flood the 2017 awards? Without a doubt — waves!
Bella Hadid showed up on the CFDA red carpet in a dazzling bright-pink blazer dress designed by Virgil Abloh of Off-White.
Olivia Palermo walked the red carpet at one of the year’s most prestigious fashion events, the CFDA Awards, in a Banana Republic dress you can buy online right now. On a night that is all about making a statement (it’s often referred to as the “Oscars of Fashion”), Palermo did just that by elevating the consumer brand on fashion’s highest stage.
It's the Oscars of the fashion world. See what Mandy Moore, Diane Kruger, Gigi Hadid and Kerry Washington wore to the CFDAs.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a new collaboration Monday with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), to raise awareness and support for the wide range of services that the nonprofit organization provides. Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the CFDA and PPFA have collaborated on hot-pink pins designed by Condé Nast’s Creative Group that read “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood,” and they are already expected to become a hot item.
Yesterday, we began our exploration into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program, which leads a group of 10 emerging American designers through an intensive two-year business development program. We spoke with the mastermind behind the program, CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb, and with Suzanne Cohen of W Hotels, which provides participants with marketing support and far-flung inspiration trips. Today, we speak with the program’s participants – the six designers behind the labels Brother Vellies, Haus Alkire, Charles Youssef, Ji Oh, and Thaddeus O’Neil. On the night of their showcase at W Dallas Victory hotel before an audience of press, retail buyers, and fashion fans, the designers shared with Yahoo Style the struggles they face as emerging talent, their hopes for the future, and the crucial ways the Incubator is changing how they do business.
In an effort to prep anyone and everyone for the CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony on Monday June 6 in New York City, we decided to put together a little primer with the basics. For one, the annual event is known as “the Oscars” of fashion. Other tidbits to know are how one can become a CFDA member via invite-only and that the night’s host is usually not involved in the industry. (Like, James Corden.) Watch the video above for me!
Fashion Week as we know it is evolving right before our very eyes. Banana Republic, which just announced plans to allow customers to purchase limited-edition items straight off the runway. Taking a cue from Jeremy Scott, who also sold select items straight off the runway following his spring 2016 Moschino presentation, Banana Republic will offer up a few limited-edition pieces immediately after its fall 2016 showing at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 13.
Khloe Kardashian, Yahoo Style’s current cover star, has a new book, Strong Looks Better Naked. “Before the show, I always felt really good in my own skin,” she recalls. “But people called me ‘the fat one,’ so I would almost beat them to the punch: In interviews I was like ‘I know I’m the funny fat one.’” She also told Joe Zee that while her sister Kim’s been pressuring her to freeze her eggs, she’s not that old — yet!
On Monday night the fashion glitterati streamed into Spring Studios for a dinner to announce the winners of the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize. After four months of multiple design challenges, a full-on runway show presided over by Kim and Kanye at the Chateau Marmont, and countless meetings with the likes of Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg, the ten contestants were primed and ready for the results. “Tonight is the night,” menswear designer Thaddeus O’Neil said (somewhat nervously) walking into the venue. He was greeted by Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa who offered an encouraging pat on the back.
A handful of hats on display in the Gypsy Sport studio. Photo: Joel Barhamand In September, CFDA/Fashion Fund finalist Rio Uribe, the 29-year-old founder and designer of Gypsy Sport, told Yahoo Style, “No one is left out of the Gypsy Sport brand. It includes everyone. It’s the people’s brand and I think that people can recognize that.”
Photo: BFAnyc.com On Tuesday night at the New York Edition, the CFDA’s Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb teamed up to throw a party with the Business of Fashion’s Imran Amed. The lobby bar at the Madison Square Park hotel was absolutely packed with fashion heavyweights—Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Tim Blanks, Vera Wang, Thakoon, Aimee Song, and Lucky Blue Smith, among them. “The disruptive,” said Diane von Furstenberg, and in particular, “[The] list. “Well, honestly it’s really crazy!” exclaimed Lucky Blue Smith, who was added last night, teasing that he was “peaking” and might be “over” by 30.
You knew about the Andy Warhols. The two get to chatting about how Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress has withstood the test of time. Von Furstenberg may be one of the most fabled faces in fashion, but she’s an apt life-coach, too.