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The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Announces Competition Finalists

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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It’s that time of year again! The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative has just announced this year’s competition finalists. The designers’ creativity will be put to the test through a series of challenges, which will result in one lucky winner. The finalists are an incredibly promising group of designers, so the competition will certainly be fierce.

Andrea Lieberman’s relatively new label, A.L.C., has quickly become a must-have in some of Manhattan’s most fabulous stores, including Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman. A.L.C’s style is classy with an edge, mixing traditionally feminine fabrics like silk and chiffon with funkier fabrics like leather and vinyl.

Greg Armas’s unisex line, Assembly New York, is composed of simple yet delicate garments made of natural, functional fabrics. All of the pieces in the collection are hand sewn right here in New York City.

Sofia Sizzi’s New York City based brand, Guiletta, is the product of a keen eye for fashion and a wealth of experience working with well-known brands such as Gucci and Calvin Klein. The fall 2012 Guiletta line’s Italian and 1960s influences are evident in the chunky heels, full skirts, and thick belts.

A good pair of sunglasses is a timeless accessory. Illesteva designers Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman have certainly mastered the art of creating the perfect pair, blending classic styles with unconventional materials, such as wood.

Each item in the Jennifer Fisher Jewelry line is a statement piece.  The various pieces feature chic symbols such as the evil eye, eye-catching accents like spikes, and delicate jewels. New York natives like Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler adorn themselves in Fisher’s dazzling pieces.

Jennifer Meyer jewelry is beautiful in its simplicity. You may recognize the line’s iconic wishbone necklaces, “Love You” nameplates, and initial necklaces. The occasional diamond encrusted piece can make any outfit pop.

Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty’s label Suno is notable for its unique fabrics and production process. The clothes are made in Kenya, India, Peru, and New York through a mixture of traditional handmade techniques and more modern, machine-based techniques. Each piece features a show-stopping pattern reflective of the brand’s multiple cultural influences.

Each carefully crafted piece in Tabitha Simmons’ stunning footwear collection is playfully elegant. The mesmerizing patterns, sleek satin straps, and bejeweled accents are sure to grab any AVENUEinsider’s attention.

Greg Chait’s luxury cashmere label, The Elder Statesman, makes comfort stylish through exceptional attention to detail, giving life to a cozy fall wardrobe.

Although he is a young designer, Wes Gordon has a firm grasp on the concept of classic glamour. His elegant color palate and usage of ultra feminine fabrics make for an incredibly successful label.

Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the talented winner on November 13!
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