Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment Announce “The Fashion Fund”

The 2013 CFDa/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with anna wintour and the CFDA's Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

The 2013 CFDA/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with Vogie’s Editor-in-Chief (and Conde Nast’s Artistic Director) Anna wintour and the CFDA’s Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

New Television Series Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Fashion Fund Premieres December 2013

Yesterday in Los Angeles, Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment announced “The Fashion Fund,” a television fashion series. The series documents the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. “The Fashion Fund” premieres this December, only on Ovation.  “The Fashion Fund” series is an unprecedented look at a level of support, encouragement and insight that few other designers will ever

Ovation logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)

Ovation logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)

receive.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and has transformed emerging designers into true fashion icons, like inaugural winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and recent winners such as Joseph Altuzurra (2011) and Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman (2012).

Over the past ten years, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund has given significant financial and professional support to 27 brands. This year’s ten finalists—announced by new selection committee members Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone at their studio in early summer—stands out for having more menswear designers/finalists than in recent history, as well as a few names that will be unfamiliar to many outside the industry. Over the next four months, this group, in addition to running their businesses as usual, will create one-of-a-kind pieces for Uniqlo, stage a runway show at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, which all leads up to the big announcement of the winner and runner-ups on November 11. The 2013 finalists are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Jason Jones and Mike Feldman of Parabellum, Juan Carlos Obando, Marc Alary, Misha Nonoo of Nonoo, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of TOME, Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons, Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder and Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard of Veronica Beard

This is the real deal.  There have been a lot of fashion competition series on television, but nothing comes close to matching the authenticity and talent found in ‘The Fashion Fund’,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer.  “It’s truly an honor to be working with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.”

Working alongside some of the top names in fashion, ten innovative, American-based designers, compete for the top cvff-logo_sizedaward that carries an incredible $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an industry titan. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selection committee is comprised of iconic names from Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg to top-level executives such as Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, and others.

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) is a division of Conde Nast recently created to focus on the development, production and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands and the articles/work products they have generated such as Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which originated from an article written by Nancy Jo Sales for Vanity Fair.

“‘The Fashion Fund’ will captivate audiences, documenting the rise of the next generation of designers as they gain immeasurable insight from the industry’s foremost talent,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Ovation is a perfect home for the series and we look forward to giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look.

Watching “The Fashion Fund,” viewers are given exclusive glimpses into the fashion world as they journey into the lives of the emerging designers. They will get to know the designers as their visions, technical abilities, and business acumen are all tested – pushing them to their highest potential. The series takes viewers inside legendary studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot and culminates with a presentation at NYC Fashion Week and the announcement of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. Continue reading

FASHION WEEK WRAP-UP: essie NAILED DOWN THE TRENDS FOR AN EXCITING LINEUP OF DESIGNERS AND ADDS A TOUCH OF POLISH TO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

After so many successful seasons at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, essie, the ultimate color authority and go-to professional nail brand, has earned the distinction of being one of the top backstage nail lines. For the FALL/WINTER 2013 shows, essie partnered with the nail industry’s leading talent to develop trendsetting looks while using the brand’s iconic and extensive color collection.

essie Announces Its Most Colorful Lineup For New York Fashion Week.  (PRNewsFoto/essie)

essie Announces Its Most Colorful Lineup For New York Fashion Week. (PRNewsFoto/essie)

America’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie was founded in New York City by ESSIE WEINGARTEN, the authority on color and is beloved for her visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, essie is the ultimate, top-of-the-line, go-to nail brand for everyone—beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style—in over 100 countries and is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date.

This season’s exciting designer line-up combines top fashion names with some of the industry’s emerging talent including: CAROLINA HERRERA, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, DKNY, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM, THE ROW, REEM ACRA, ZAC POSEN, REED KRAKOFF, DOUGLAS HANNANT, NAEEM KHAN, HELMUT LANG, BILLY REED, COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA, MILLY, JENNY PACKHAM, RALPH RUCCI, DEBORAH PAGANI, REBECCA MINKOFF, CUSHNIE ET OCHS, WES GORDON, VERONICA BEARD and MISHA NONOO.

The carefully crafted team of celebrity and editorial lead manicurists for essie included MICHELLE SAUNDERS, HONEY, GINA EDWARDS, CASEY HERMAN and MICHINA KOIDE.  This strong group of creative leads will be backstage, bringing their unparalleled expertise, unique vision and innovative techniques.

Follow @essie on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week, and a glimpse into the colorful world of essie.

BARNEYS NEW YORK AND THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY LAUNCH ELECTRIC HOLIDAY, ITS HOLIDAY 2012 PROGRAM

BARNEYS NEW YORK, the luxury specialty retailer, and THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, the world’s leading entertainment company, launched the 2012 HOLIDAY project ELECTRIC HOLIDAY at the BARNEYS NEW YORK MADISON AVENUE FLAGSHIP STORE last night. A multi-platform initiative infused with fashion and fantasy, ELECTRIC HOLIDAY merges the creativity and magic of DISNEY with the wit and surprise of the legendary BARNEYS NEW YORK annual holiday project to create a celebration of festive modern electric lights, music and fashion.

Barneys New York And The Walt Disney Company Announce Holiday 2012 Campaign: Electric Holiday. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Disney is proud to be part of New York’s holiday magic this year,” said ROBERT A. IGER, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY. “Together with Barneys, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind experience that combines Disney’s great characters and storytelling with high fashion for a spectacular celebration of the season.” Continue reading