On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

Paul Andrew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

Image via Style.com.

Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

Rihanna. The Council of Fashion Designers of America has just revealed that the songstress/sartorial risk taker will be honored with the 2014 Fashion Icon Award at this year’s ceremony, which takes place on June 2 in New York City. From her ever-changing hairstyles and envelope-pushing outfit choices to her philanthropic work with MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam campaign, the Barbadian singer’s award is, in my opinion, well-deserved.

How does CFDA CEO Steven Kolb feel about the announcement? “We are proud to present Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” he said.

Clearly, he and I are on the same RiRi-loving page. The only question remaining: What will she wear to the ceremony?

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2014

“Moonshine in a hand-blown crystal tumbler.” That’s what UrbanDaddy calls Alabama-born designer Billy Reid. And we can see why. His namesake brand – seeded in the South in 1998 – toes the line between backwoods and polish. Old-school details. Quality fabrics. All readily wearable, but never expected.

And there’s even more to it than that. Here’s what you need to know.

All About Designer Billy Reid

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February 6, 2014

There’s been a bit of a shake-up over at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), and former Full House cast member Michelle Tanner – err, Ashley Olsen – now officially has a seat on the board. Her leadership at The Row and Elizabeth and James clearly shows that she’s serious about fashion, but with this new appointment, she’s earned validation that the rest of the fashion world is serious about her, too. (That CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award she and her sister Mary-Kate took home last year doesn’t hurt, either.)

Mary-Kate is Ashley’s parter in crime – and by crime, I mean fashion design – but as far as CFDA love, there’s been no mention of her. Clearly the fashion world has spoken when it comes to choosing its favorite twin.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2013

Uniting the world of craftsmanship and refined tailoring with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, John Varvatos has been part of the American design scene since 2000. Over the past 13 years, the brand has come to represent an entire lifestyle, including tailored clothing and accessories as well as edgier lines like John Varvatos Star U.S.A. and Converse by John Varvatos.

What else has this tough-guy label accomplished? Oh, you know, just multiple design awards from the CFDA and GQ Magazine

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August 26, 2013

BY STEVEN KOLB, CFDA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

When stylemakers band together to support a cause, you know it’s going to make a stir. Galvanizing support from entertainment and fashion industry heavies like Beyoncé, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and others, Fashion for Haiti is committed to bringing immediate relief to the people of Haiti and helping the country rebuild. And it doesn’t hurt that they’ve created a bold, stylish T-shirt in the process. Steven Kolb sheds some light.

Human tragedy of the magnitude the Haitian people are experiencing can not be ignored. The fashion industry has always been charitable, and it is important that our industry have a collective response to show unity and raise as much money as possible with our collective efforts.
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February 12, 2010