Tonight we will find out which one of the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees will take home top honors. $200,000, business advice and loads of publicity. We will also find out who will score one of the two runners-up titles and the $50,000. The first award was given in 2004 to Proenza Schouler, Trovata (2005), Doo.Ri (2006), and Rogan (2007) have all taken the top prize while 3.1 Phillip Lim, Philip Crangi, Rodarte, Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Thom Browne have all been runners-up. All have become a Vogue darling and have gone on to make lots of money and recognition within the industry.
So who will win it tonight? Possibly it all comes down to Richard Chai, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Obedient sons and daughters. Refinery 29 via Fashionologie is predicting that Richard Chai as winner (considering every vogue editor including Ms. Wintour were packed into the tiny salon at the tents during fashion week.) They also predict that Vena Cava and Alexander Wang as runners-up, which is definitely foreseeable, but we see Alexander Wang and Richard Chai as the possible gold winners while Obedient Sons and daughters and Jason Wu take home sliver.
Photo: Jamie Johnson and Coco Rocha, both in Richard Chai, with the designer in Anna Wintour's Brownstone.