The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is pretty much like the Oscars of fashion . So when CFDA award nominees Ryan Roche , Ovadia & Sons’ Ariel & Shimon Ovadia, and Rosie Assoulin offered to talk to Yahoo Style about their latest projects for this week’s episode ofUnbuttoned , we listened. (And so should you!) Together, the four fashion designers tell editor in chief Joe Zee what it feels like to have celebrities wear their clothes, how they’ve made a mark in the industry, and why listening to your instinct is crucial for creativity.
Last night, New York’s fashion glitterati gathered on the roof of the Gramercy Park Hotel to fete the CFDA Swarovski Award Nominees for Emerging Talent. Designed by nominees Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (of Public School), Rosie Assoulin and Ryan Roche, Eva Zuckerman (of Eva Fehren), Paul Andrew,Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel (of Mansur Gavriel), Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley (of Orley), Ariel and Shimon Ovadia (of Ovadia & Sons), and Shayne Oliver (of Hood by Air), the items were being auctioned off to raise funds for Free Arts NYC and each one perfectly encapsulated the aesthetic of its creator.
As a runner-up at the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards this past fall, Ryan Roche is, at the moment, one of the most talked-about designers in New York City. “The isolation allows me to just be really focused on what I’m doing,” says Roche, whose design studio is housed in a converted barn. “My daughter’s friend who’s 13 is one of my biggest fans,” Roche says, “and my grandmother who’s 88 is one of my biggest fans.” (So, too, are a number of celebrities known for their eccentrically feminine style, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jemima Kirke.) Roche’s success might also be due in part to the enviable work-life balance she’s managed to establish.