Wednesday evening, a host of up-and-coming designers got a significant nod of approval from the fashion establishment when they were named finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The competition, which awards $400,000 to the winner and $150,000 to two runners-up, can give a huge boost to those who come out on top — just look at where past winners like Public School and Proenza Schouler have gone.
The winners will be announced on November 7th. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about each of the finalists for the 2016 CFDA/VogueFashion Fund, names you will definitely be hearing from again.
Perhaps you remember the crystalline, totally transparent dress Rihanna wore to the CFDA Awards in 2014? That was the work of Adam Selman, a favorite of the singer. Selman’s ready-to-wear collection, launched in 2013, is somewhat more wearable than that, if no less saucy — think skintight long-sleeved shirts reading “Spoiled” across the chest, cherry red cat-eye sunglasses, and girlish little dresses with zippers running all the way up the front.
Originally from South Korea, the New York-based designer Ji Oh founded her namesake line in 2014. For cool girls who love a loose, architectural cut, it’s a dream.
For fall 2016, one sweater with comically long sleeves fell off the shoulder and extended, lopsided, to the floor. In spring 2016, she layered extra-wide blue striped pants under a narrow sheath dress in a black striped fabric.
Speaking of streetwear, the final brand here is Stampd. Launched in 2011 by Chris Stamp, the label got its start selling limited-edition snapback hats and gradually expanded into t-shirts — then further into men’s clothing and eventually into women’s, with a Puma collaboration along the way.
Across the board, monochrome is the word. You might find an occasional olive green chino or nude sneaker, but otherwise it’s black, white, and wearably cool.