With no shock comes Telfar Clemens, winner of the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with another victory for the books and a prize of $400,000. Ahlem’s Ahlem Manai-Platt and Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran were also named runners-up after him, with prizes of $150,000 each. In addition to the cash prize, the three designers will be assigned to their own mentor. The other 2017 finalists are as follows: Christopher Bevans of Dyne, Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill, Mathew Harris of Mateo New York, Eli Azran of RTA, Sany Liang, Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses, and Claire Sully of Vaquera.
“In our ever-growing fashion family, diversity is very important,” CFDA Chairwoman, Diane von Furstenberg, states. “This year, I am proud to say that our group of 10 finalists is the most diverse we have had since the first Fashion Fund 14 years ago. They are extremely talented and represent the future of fashion in America, the country they’re from or have chosen to make their home—a country that is built on diversity.”
The winners were announced by model Karlie Kloss and Christian Dior’s Artistic Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri at a dinner at The Weylin in Brooklyn. Chiuru was the keynote speaker for the evening, beside JD.com, who supported the event and recognized the value of American talent in the fashion industry. The winners were selected by many people of the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee: Joseph Altuzarra, Eva Chen, Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Steven Kolb, Roopal Patel, Nicole Phelps, Andrew Rosen, and Diane von Furstenberg.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has also launched a business training program this year, including a pitch day to hypothetical potential investors. This opportunity gave each finalist 10 minutes to pitch their businesses to experts in the industry, who provided their honest feedback. The program still stands with a lot of support from various brands in the industry, as well as department stores: Caleres, Coach Foundation, J.Crew, IMG Fashion, Instagram, kate spade new York, Lane Bryant, LIFEWTR, MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Theory, and lastly, Vogue.
For a more in-depth sight of the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, visit www.CFDA.com