Looks like that White Castle collab paid off…
And the winner goes to…Telfar! Last night, New York-based designer Telfar Clemens was announced as the winner of the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund prize, a prize that celebrates up-and-coming designers and diversity in fashion.
Telfar will receive $400,000 to help advance his label, and he will also receive mentoring from CFDA members and Vogue editors. The fund’s runners-up were Ahlem, a Beyoncé-approved French eyewear line, and Chromat, everyone’s favorite athletic-wear-from-the-future label. Other nominees were Vaquera, Sandy Liang, Dyne, and Victor Glemaud.
There aren’t many things that would bring Anna Wintour to Brooklyn, but a fashion soirée celebrating the industry’s newest and brightest did just that.
“I can’t believe it’s here,” Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo told the New York Times. She was already in her car to Spring Studios before looking at the invitation and realizing the ceremony was being held at the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank.
Telfar’s win is much-deserved. His label has not only been around 10 years now, but Clemens has done a truly stellar job at reinventing the conventional — he’s transformed museums into malls, held Fashion Week afterparties at White Castle, and designed new uniforms for the New York fast-food favorite to celebrate its 95th anniversary.
In 2014, the designer answered Bullett’s question of where he hoped to be professionally in five years with, “I hope to be a world-class designer of all things.” Telfar, it looks like the come-up is upon you.