Tuesday, November 18, 2008

alexander wang + cfda/vogue fashion fund = happy

Fashion wunderkind, Alexander Wang won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the $200,000 prize money and year long mentorship that goes along with it on Monday night in New York City. The 24 year old started his line while at Parson's New School of Design with luxe cashmere basics and gradually expanded into a full line of high end grunge hipster wear. I have been a fan of Wang from the early days of cashmere and have a few well loved pieces of my own (all in storage at the moment, so I cannot feature some outfits in his honor...). Among the finalists, the runners up were Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava (another personal favorite) and milliner Albertus Swanepoel who will receive $50,000.

photo credit: style.com

My question that does not seem to be answered anywhere is who does the actual mentoring? Is it from the high powered members of the CFDA, personal interaction with president Diane Von Furstenburg? Or does it really just refer to the love and benefits that come with that love of Editor in Chief of American Vogue and all powerful fashion god Anna Wintour???? It makes me wonder. Either way this award really proves he is the young (stress young) American designer of the moment, with every hot model/actress/musician/girl about town sporting his simple with the coolest of twists threads. Because this award is so new, only 5 years old, we cant really tell if the award will help with their longevity, or if it just sends their rocket higher, faster and causes a quicker crash??? We must wait and see...

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