>> The CFDA has been busy lately, discussing  the possibility of sponsoring sample sales for designers who don't have enough resources to do it on their own, commissioning books  — including a fashion-related cookbook, and announcing  an upcoming three-year partnership with Mattel. But Monday night, we'll learn which of the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees  will take home top honors, $200,000, and business advice, who will score one of the two runners-up titles and the $50,000 that comes with them, and who will try again next year.
The first award was given in 2004, with top honors going to  Proenza Schouler ; since then, Trovata  (2005), Doo.Ri (2006), and Rogan  (2007) have taken the top prize, and the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim , Philip Crangi, Rodarte , Thakoon , Derek Lam , and Thom Browne  have all been runners-up. Without doubt, the winner generally has name recognition — and is in favor at Vogue — but tends to not be the biggest name in the group (i.e. Rogan over Phillip Lim last year).
So who will take all? »
That said, there is a definite schism between this year's nominees who seem likely winners and those that don't — organic designer John Patrick , milliner Albertus Swanepoel , cobbler Alejandro Ingelmo , Juan Carlos Obando, and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth , while all talented, seem to have a longer shot without some of the name recognition behind them.
Don't be surprised if all three top prizes came from the pool of Richard Chai , Vena Cava , Jason Wu , Alexander Wang , and Obedient Sons & Daughters . Refinery29 is predicting  Richard Chai  as winner with Vena Cava  and Alexander Wang  as runners-up, which is definitely foreseeable, but Obedient Sons and Jason Wu  have their own traction to pull . . .
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