Drum roll please. From a group of 100 applicants, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has handpicked their top 10 contenders for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund: Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus, Alejandro Ingelmo, Juan Carlos Obando, Swaim and Christina Hutson of Obedient Sons & Daughters, John Patrick of Organic, Sophie Buhai, and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava, and Target's twelfth GO International designer, Richard Chai.
"The mix of it was very varied," said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb who spoke about the diverse pool of talent, which included a mixed bag of sustainable designers, jewelry designers, and collections. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $200,000 with two runners-up receiving $50,000 each. Announcement of the chosen ones will be made on Nov. 17.