Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, November 8, 2017
by Suhad Shtayyeh

The 2017 CFDA Winners || 3 Designer Brands You Need to Know About

On Monday evening the much anticipated CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards were announced at an event in Brooklyn New York.The annual event, in its 14th year, is instrumental in identifying and supporting American up and coming talent with both cash incentives and designer mentorship programs.

This years ten finalists ranged from menswear to swimwear designers, and have been touted as the most ’diverse’ group of contestants to date. Its quite interesting how the worthy cause of diversity has been thrown around and over-used.Honestly since when was there a diversity issue in fashion anyway ?Hollywood for sure, fashion not so much!Some of the most celebrated American designers are of diverse heritage, a few that come to mind are Belgian Diane Von Furstenberg, Asian-descendant Vera Wang, French born Joseph Altuzzara and of course Lebanese Reem Acra!In any case…The winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for 2017 are:

Winner - Telfar LLC

Founded by Liberian/American designer Telfar Clemens in 2005, this unisex label brings together both the worlds of fashion and art. To read more, click here.

Runner Up - Ahlem

French born, New York based eyewear designer Ahlem Manai-Platt founded her handmade frames brand in 2014.To read more about Ahlem click here.

Runner Up - Chromat

Chroma self-describes itself as an architectural swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women.To read more about Chromat click here.

Nov 8, 2017