For the third year running, J. Crew has partnered with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to help launch the career’s of this years winners. This year, winner, Greg Chiat of The Elder Statesman along with runner-ups; Jennifer Meyer and Tabitha Simmons have the honor in collaborating with the international retailer in an exclusive capsule collection launching on JCrew.com today.
For those who don’t know, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is a program that was created in 2003 to allow up and coming designers the opportunity to win substantial financial awards, (1st place earns $300,000 and the two runner-ups each receive $100,000). In addition, all three candidates win business mentoring from a team of professionals in aspects of fashion marketing, planning, production etc. in order to help support their dream of one day having their designs recognized around the world and respected by the greats of the industry. After meeting the requirements for eligibility and the initial application, candidates proceed through four additional phases before a winner and two runner-ups are selected by industry experts to receive the grand prizes. Past winners include Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu – putting this group within an incredibly impressive circle of company.
With each designer producing such distinct groups of luxe products, combined, these three young designers should have no problem fulfilling J.Crew’s consumers wants and needs. As a small artisanal cashmere brand, Greg Chiat of The Elder Statsman produced beautiful pieces of ultra-soft cashmere in stripes and ombre with a relaxed west-coast feel to wear (and to lay on). Runner-up Jennifer Meyer created delicate yet edgy semi-lucite jewels in feminine colors while Tabitha Simmons rounds out the group with her micro floral printed and ruffle textured shoe and sandal collection.
Here are some of our favorite pieces – you can shop the entire capsule collection right now at JCrew.com