While most of America had its eyes trained on the midterm elections, the fashion world was busy fêting its own front-runners. On November 5, the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was awarded to designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss. As a result of his win, Jean-Raymond—whose looks are often celebrated for their tributes to black culture—will receive a $400,000 prize toward expanding his label. The evening’s runners-up were Emily Adams Bode and Jonathan Cohen, both of whom will receive $150,000 towards the advancement of their respective, eponymous lines. This year’s recipients stood up against a strong panel of judges, which included not only Vogue’s Anna Wintour and CFDA President Steven Kolb, but also Instagram’s Eva Chen, designer Joseph Altuzarra, and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Roopal Patel, among others. This year’s ceremony also marked a milestone for the fund itself, which is now in it’s fifteenth year; inaugural winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler were in attendance, as well. In her remarks at the event, Anna Wintour emphasized how this year’s winners’ work “highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community.” They represent, in Wintour’s words, “the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”
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Read Vogue’s review of Kerby Jean-Raymond’s latest collection for Pyer Moss to get a hint of what’s to come as his star continues to rise.
Aside from the support it offers young designers, what do you think is important about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund? What kind of influential role can it play in our culture?
Take a moment to celebrate creativity in your own life. Whether it’s taking time away from work to paint or draw, or else just listening to music you love—simply enjoy the beautiful, optimistic, inclusive art the world has to offer.