CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund


Congrats to CFDA Awards Nominees and Honorees from Nordstrom and Our Friends at Who What Wear

Each June, the global fashion community comes together to celebrate the sterling talents of American fashion at the CFDA Awards.

2017 CFDA Fashion Awards - Cocktail Hour

The scene at the CFDA Awards.

Basically, this is the Academy Awards of fashion, and we’re proud to call many of this year’s nominees and honorees partners.


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Jeffrey Kalinsky on NYFW & The Next Big Thing in Fashion

YOU ARE HERE: Nordstrom’s Fashion Week Journal

There really isn’t much that happens within the wide and wonderful world of fashion that Jeffrey Kalinsky doesn’t know about. As Nordstrom’s VP of Fashion as well as the force (and the name) behind his own two highly notable shops in New York and Atlanta, he seems to know whenever one of the world’s top designers adds a belt or subtracts a floral pattern.

BRANDON MAXWELL -10Models backstage at the fall 2016 Brandon Maxwell show; last year at this time, Jeffrey
selected the NYC designer as the one to watch. 

And as a member of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund advisory board, he keeps close tabs on emerging designers as well. So when you want to know what’s up, you go to Jeffrey—that’s what we do, after all. With New York Fashion Week coming in hot—it kicks off September 8—what we wanted to know is who’s going to emerge this season as fashion’s next big thing.


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Behind DKNY’S Spring Collection with Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

One of the most exciting fashion announcements in recent years was the news that Public School’s streetwise designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne would share the creative director role at DKNY following Donna Karan’s retirement. While amused surprise was the initial public reaction, the industry registered how well-suited Chow and Osborne were to steering DKNY. The two New Yorkers were already critical darlings—winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for their own label, Public School, where they mix streetwear with crisply tailored athletic gear. Even Public School’s palette corresponds with the power colors of DKNY. Anticipation for their spring 2016 debut collection at the helm of the established house quickly followed.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

Begun in 1989, DKNY is the faster, younger arm of Donna Karan Collection. It favors sportswear, workwear and separates that can be mixed and matched to create a full wardrobe. Its essence is modern—casual but professional. In the ’90s, DKNY dressed models of the moment like Shalom Harlow and Esther Cañadas in what the label referred to as “the official uniform of New York.” With the onset of the current ’90s nostalgia, Opening Ceremony released a capsule DKNY collection in 2013 with Cara Delevingne as its spokesmodel. Insiders knew that Chow and Osborne—with their own celebrity following and New York roots–were the duo to usher in a new heyday for the label.



New York Fashion Week: Upcoming SPACE Brand Colovos Finds Ex-Helmut Lang Creative Heads Doing Luxe Ease

The briefest of timelines on creative directors Michael and Nicole Colovos:
2001: Met
2003: Married
2004: Won the CFDA’s first annual prize for emerging designers
2007: Took over as designers and creative leads at Helmut Lang and showed their first collection
2014: Showed their final collection for Helmut Lang
2015: Completed their first collection for their own brand, Colovos
2016: Showed it to Olivia Kim


To call the Colovoses new designers is obviously incorrect, but to call their new line new, emerging and exciting is certainly correct. With an emphasis on easy silhouettes, modern style and luxurious fabrications, the pair is making their name the name to know. Think: denim that fits and wears like the best trousers, supple leather skirts with just the right amount of sway and sweatshirts in rich linen, cotton and alpaca blends.


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Riccardo Tisci, Jeffrey Kalinsky and All of New York Toast This Year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

What history will remember of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Class of 2015 is they were the ones who broke the rule—the rule that there can only be one winner.

Anna Wintour, Ricardo Tisci, Rio Uribe Amanda Seyfried, Diane von Furstenberg, Aurora James, Jonathan Simkhai, Steve Kolb

The stars of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award ceremony

On Monday, November 2 at Spring Studios in New York, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg announced, on behalf of a panel of judges that included Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky, that due to the extreme nature of “authentic” talent in the mix, there would be not one but three winners in this 12th annual fashion competition.

We were there to catch exclusive commentary from past winner and footwear genius Paul Andrew and others, and to pass on the inspiring message from Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci—the evening’s keynote guest.

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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Ravers without Borders at CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidate Gypsy Sport

Competitions, reality shows, dramatic narratives: these things all rely on polar opposites and extremes, right? The good guy, the bad guy. The one in white, the one in black. The frontrunner, the underdog. We’re not saying which is which by any means, and we certainly don’t mean to pit one against the other, but we were able to catch only two CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund shows this week: Jonathan Simkhai, which we shared with you Monday, and then Gypsy Sport, on Tuesday afternoon.

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That these two labels are so wildly different is a sign (as if you needed one) that the CFDA/Vogue team is doing it right. They’re bringing a variety of perspectives, styles and influences into the mix and weighing them all equally, as if to say, “Who knows what the future of American fashion has in store?”

Here’s what we captured of designer Rio Uribe’s street-driven “eclectic, ethnic, athletic, genderless” collection—and Fashion Fund judge Jeffrey Kalinsky’s thoughts after the show.

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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Laced Up at CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidate Jonathan Simkhai

Talking with our fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky on day one of New York Fashion Week got us all reinvigorated about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidates, so we made sure to see the Jonathan Simkhai show on Sunday night.


Check out the New Yorker’s elaborately feminine details and his sport-riffing, midriff-and-more-baring separates here. Then get ready for the November 2 announcement of this year’s big winner. Oh, and stay tuned: We’ll be back later this week with a look at another contender.

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An Americano (or Two) in Paris, and One from Spain to Boot

Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

It’s weird but true: a good coffee in Paris is hard to find. Unless, that is, you happen to go by Vogue’s Americans in Paris Fashion Week showcase where a certain award-winning, coffee-making expat is pulling shots and doling out croissants.



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CFDA Winner Paul Andrew at Nordstrom

Well, we’d hate to say we told you so, but Paul Andrew has been a winner in our eyes since his feminine, edgy collection for Spring ’14 hit our floors. Color us just plain extra happy then, that the footwear genius was awarded the CFDA’s highest honor this week in New York. On the occasion of this Very Big Deal, we spoke to the designer himself as well as the in-house tastemaker who knows his work best. 

“As you can imagine, I’m on cloud nine right now,” Paul Andrew told us. “I’m so excited and so proud to receive this accolade. It is such an incredible honor and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. This is literally a dream come true. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program has put so many small designers on the map, it has not sunk in that I am now part of that class. To the shoe obsessives of the world, I say ‘stay tuned’! There is much more coming from Paul Andrew; I have ambitions to launch a men’s collection, e-commerce, and am looking to further elaborate on the core offering in my women’s collection, and while there is significant work to be done and much more focus and energy required I could not be more motivated.”

“Our attraction to Paul Andrew stems from his unique designs, which embody both a sexy refinement and focus on fit and comfort. He is genuinely engaged in making women look and feel good,” said John Langston from our designer shoe team. “We’re eager to see the momentum behind his creative direction, lending credibility to his new must-haves in seasons to come.”

SHOP: Paul Andrew


CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists 2013

Congratulations to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2013 finalists, who were just announced earlier this month. As an underwriter of the program for seven years, we’re proud to be a part of the Fashion Fund, which provides financial support and business mentorship to emerging designers.

(Image courtesy of the CFDA)

The winner(s) will be announced November 11 at a gala dinner, after a careful review process by the Selection Committee. This year, the committee welcomes Marcus Wainright and David Neville of rag & bone. Also on the committee is Jeffrey Kalinksy, our EVP of Designer, who had this to say about the experience:

“I absolutely love being a judge. I learn so much every year, not only from my fellow judges and the process but also from the nominees. This year’s nominees are very creative; it’s a strong group.”

Here are the 10 finalists:
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne | Public School
Jason Jones and Mike Feldman | Parabellum
Juan Carlos Obando | Juan Carlos Obando
Marc Alary | Marc Alary
Misha Nonoo | Nonoo
Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin | TOME
Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia | Ovadia & Sons
Tim Coppens | Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder | Todd Snyder
Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard | Veronica Beard