The nominees chosen by the CFDA for their much coveted annual prize are a good indicator of which names we should all be keeping our eye on. The fund, which offers the winner $200,000, has previously been taken home by Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Sophie Theallet, and while it doesn't guarantee international fashion success, it sure does help. So who's on the list this year?
Some of the names will of course be familiar. Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung have both been making serious waves over the past few seasons, Pamela Love's jewellery has achieved cult status within the fashion crowd and Eddie Borgo is fast following suit.
Then there are the more unknown choices - at least this side of the Atlantic; Mexican-born Christian Cota, who wowed with his cubism-inspired a/w 2010 collection; menswear designer Robert Geller, who already won the fund back in 2004 with his then label, Cloak; Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow, the duo behind Loden Dager, a colourful and cool menswear line; sunglasses designer Moss Lipow; Gregory Parkinson, best known for the way that he mixes multiple prints and patterns into one piece; and luxe men's designer Billy Reid.
The finalists still have a mountain to climb before they find out whether they've won. According to WWD the CFDA committee will be quizzing each one on their most recent collections and visiting their studios, and each designer will contribute to a project funded by Ann Taylor. The winner and runners-up will be announced on 15 November.More