Congratulations to designer Sophie Theallet, winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award for 2009! The 6th annual event, held Monday night at Skylight Studios in Manhattan - celebrates new talent in fashion, and awards one lucky winner $200,000 and one year of mentoring from industry professionals. Previous winners include Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Trovata and Doo-Ri Chung; many of which have since become household names.
This year's nominees included a host of talented designers including Ohne Titel and Wayne, but it was Theallet's Brooklyn based, Gaultier and Alaia trained designs that ultimately won over the judges. It may have also helped that the fashion industry's favorite political and fashion icon, Michelle Obama has favored Theallet's designs recently. In her 3rd year of designing, Sophie will undoubtably benefit from this covetable scholarship, particularly in a time of such turmoil for the fashion industry.
FASHION FAVORITES from the event:
Jessica Stam in Yiga Azrouël
Coco Rocha in Diane von Furstenberg
(jewelry from Topshop!)
Anne Vyalitsyna in Costello Tagliapietra
(the sky-high, nude mary-janes make the outfit)
Meredith Melling Burke in Christian Cota dress
and Rick Owens jacket
Alexa Chung in (and with) Jason Wu
(with ballet flats!)