Last night, all of the most exclusive Fashion insiders heading to the newly fresh new Cipriani South Street to celebrate another big night in Fashion. The CFDA hosted their annual Fashion Fund Awards dinner, a unique project in which they collaborate with Vogue magazine on assisting a number of creatives get ahead of their dreams of imprinting on the ever evolving industry. This year, the competition included 12 different designers whom shared their deepest passion for innovation and creativity of Fashion Design — Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough (of Abasi Rosborough), Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Victor Barragán (of Barragán), Christopher John Rogers, Hillary Taymour (of Collina Strada), Danielle Hirsch (of Danielle Frankel), Raffaella Hanley (of Lou Dallas), Siying Qu and Haoran Li (of Private Policy), Reese Cooper, and Natalie Ratabesi (of Tre by Natalie Ratabesi).
The winner of the competition will hold a heft crown, including a prize of $400,000 and a year-long mentorship from a CFDA member. The competition sent each of the designers through months of collaboration, creating, and competing in winning over the support and backing of the panel; they each even had to create using sustainable fabric from fast fashion retailer, Zara. The winner, Christopher John Rogers. A 25-year-old visionary hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With an already extensive clientele list (including Lizzo, Michelle Obama, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, and Tracee Ellis Ross) he became a throbbing sensation becoming known for his delicate attention to detail with voluminous silhouettes, colliding prints, raging sequins, and electric colors.
“I am so grateful to my parents for giving up so much that allowed me to be here, to my team who, through all the full time jobs and all the leaving early, allow us to make this collection, and thank you to the judges for seeing something in me,” Rogers exclaimed in his acceptance speech at the evenings dinner. Presenting him his new status is pregnant super model, and wearer of his brand, Ashely Graham. Joining Graham were fellow Fashion favorites, and friends Paloma Elsesser and Alton Mason. Showcasing the creativity and electric creativity that earned his championing, Rogers wore a full-length cherry red silk coat finished with a feathered neck boa trim, paired with coordinating utility style (but couture) jumpsuit, and silver tipped Calvin Klein by Raf Simons boots.
Rogers will take home the $400,000 grand prize and the mentorship from a CFDA member. The runner up rewards were $150,000 each and a year of mentorship in which was received by Danielle Hirsh and Reese Cooper.