Of course the ten finalists for the 2009 CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund were announced eons ago (actually, it was July!) so with the Big Event itself coming up soon, Nov. 16th, I managed to speak with most of the designers (NY fashion week, a ton of buying appointments, a quick hop to Paris and oh, a collection to produce somehow got in the way!) and find out the big WHEN, WHAT and WHOs for each one of them.
This year's ten finalists are: Alabama Chanin, Esquivel Shoes, Gary Graham, House of Waris, Monique Pean, Ohne Titel, Patrik Ervell, Sophie Theallet, Spurr and Wayne. A diverse group indeed with designers that according to Mme Wintour "are building healthy independent businesses in challenging times." I will be posting each profile every couple of days (or so), so please do come back for more. Like you wouldn't!!!