The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine have created an endowment to support the next generation of American fashion designers. With monies raised, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has been established, the stated purpose of which is to generate sufficient income each year to fund significant financial awards to one or more designers and provide business mentoring. Award recipients are selected by a Committee of industry experts, based on the exceptional talent they have already demonstrated in fashion design and their capacity for future distinction in the fashion industry.
The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) has announced the 2012 winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Top prize went to Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman followed by runners-up Footwear Designer Tabitha Simmons and Jewelry Designer Jennifer Meyer. In recognition of their work classic retailer J. Crew is teaming up with these talented designers to create a limited time exclusive capsule collection from each designer.
Established in Los Angeles in 2007 by Mr Greg Chait, The Elder Statesman is a small, artisanal cashmere brand specialising in supremely luxurious pieces with a relaxed West Coast look and attitude. Only the finest cashmere, carefully sourced from the world’s best suppliers, is used. Chait currently resides in Malibu, California with a private studio located in West Hollywood.
Tabitha Simmons was born in England. After studying film at Kingston University, Tabitha began her styling career. She is a contributing editor for Vogue™ magazine and a regular contributor to Dazed and Confused and Another Magazine. She collaborates with photographers Craig McDean, Glen Luchford and Steven Klein and fashion designers Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen for whom she has styled catwalk shows. Tabitha currently lives in New York and works internationally.
Jennifer Meyer Maguire’s passion for jewelry design began at the young age of six, when her beloved grandmother taught her the art of creating enamel jewelry. Though she loved watching and learning the craft, she didn’t realize at the time that she would one day follow in her grandmother’s footsteps. As an adult, Jennifer entered the fashion industry working in the public relations department for two of the world’s leading fashion houses – Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Witnessing these icons work through their design process inspired Jennifer to explore the creative side of the business, and in 2005 she launched her eponymous label, Jennifer Meyer Jewelry.
All three designers collections will launch at J. Crew both in-store and online starting May 21. If you simply cannot wait head over to jcrew.com where fans can sign up on the site for early shopping access.
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