2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominees Include Altuzarra, Suno

A committee including Proenza Schouler, Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jenna Lyons nominated a new league of up-and-coming talents to win up to $300,000. The winner to be revealed Nov. 14.

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For years, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has offered serious money ($300,000 for the winner, and $100,000 for two runners-up) for up-and-coming labels. Here are this year's nominees; The winners will be announced Nov. 14.
Suno by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty:nOsterweis introduced an innovative, socially conscious concept when he launched the brand with Beatty in 2008, producing a small collection from vintage textiles from his native Kenya. Now, the industry is wild for the line's prints, which also source from India, Nepal and Peru.
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Altuzarra by Joseph Altuzarra: The designer's recognition for the award represents the rapt attention he's garnered by establishing himself as the next-hot-thing in contemporary womenswear in just two years.
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Pamela Love by Pamela Love: The queen of darkly-glam jewelry has enjoyed good favor with the CFDA thus far, with good reason. From the heights of high-fashion editorial to a mass-market collaboration with Topshop, Love has come to define a new, and growing, look.
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Cushnie et Ochs by Molly Ochs and Carly Cushnie: After first meeting at Parsons, this designing duo has shown that their own exuberance and inherent cool seem to play out in their sensuous, strong runway looks.
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Fenton/Fallon by Dana Lorenz: Lorenz has parlayed the loyal indie following around her statement costume pieces into collaborations with the likes of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Opening Ceremony and J. Crew. Having originally trained as a painter, she shows her versatility across both her main line, Fenton and its diffusion sister, Fallon.
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Ohne Titel by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams: German for "without title", Ohne Titel has become a label closely-watched by industry insiders, and poised to take a wider audience by storm. Gill and Adams met at Parsons, and have of late enjoyed rousing praise for their expert draping and intriguing construction at New York Fashion Week.
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Creatures of the Wind
Creatures of the Wind: Designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters are Chicago-based, meaning they've been able to transcend the usual fashion grind in New York, and present their own thing for three years. And that thing is fresh indeed: rich, cohesive collections infused with patterns and embellishment.
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A.A. Antonio Azzuolo
a.a. by Antonio Azzuolo: The Montreal native launched his independent menswear line after honing his skills as design director at Ralph Lauren Purple and Black Labels, with stints at both Hermès and Kenzo in Paris as well. The son of a tailor, the designer infuses uber-luxe flamboyance into his solidly constructed pieces: Fall is heavy on the fox fur flourishes, for one.
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Carlos Campos by Carlos Campos
nCampos made his name with sharply-tailored men's suits, but launched womenswear soon after with a similar bold MO: the 2008 runway debut featured only black models. Accordingly, Campos identifies the aesthetic as both aggressive and elegant.
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Finn Jewelry
Finn Jewelry by Soraya Silchenstedt: Silchenstedt joined forces with business partner Candice Pool to create a line of sweet-but-fun jewelry that reflects their own glamorous-festive lifestyle. Six years in, their staying power is in the strength of Silchenstedt's simple-with-a-twist designs.
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