Each year, the CFDA and Vogue collaborate on the Fashion Fund Award, a prize to one fashion brand of $400,000 and mentorship from CFDA to help build and further grow their brand. This year the winner was the Brock Collection, a husband-and-wife duo womenswear line out of Los Angeles. The two runner-ups, taking home a $150,000 prize, were Krewe, a New Orleans-based eyewear designer founded by Stirling Barrett, and Adam Selman, a ready-to-wear label.
This past Monday evening, on the eve of Election Day, the ten finalists gathered at Spring Studios in New York City for the 13th Annual Gala and Award announcement. Since June, the finalists have been participating in a variety of challenges and projects, all while maintaining their brand and designing more collections. The final showcase is the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show, which took place late October at the Chateau Marmont and had several celebrity appearances and attendants. Each finalist shows their collection on the runway, many times the first time these collections or designers have seen the runway.
The two brains behind the Brock Collection, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, met while attending Parsons School of Design in New York and in 2013 decided to collaborate and create one brand. In 2013, the Brock Collection released their first womenswear collection. The Brock Collection’s appeal is the versatile nature of the designs – they can be worn everyday, yet still exhibit the feel of a luxury garment. The duo’s designs can be seen at Barney’s, Maxfield, Jeffrey, The Webster, and The Apartment by The Line, and multiple other luxury retailers worldwide.
This win for the Brock Collection is pivotal in the growth of their brand. Past winners include Thom Browne, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang, so we can expect the Brock Collection to become present all over in the high fashion industry.