CFDA/Vgue Fashion Fund on Ovation Week 1



So last night was episode 1 of “The Fashion Fund” a documentary about the CFDA Fashion Fund. We had the chance to see an inside look. The committee and former entries into the process informed us of how it felt to be apart of the process and also why the mentor/scholarship program exists. It was probably one of my favorite shows of the night. Its was laid out over an hour(which was my only moment to pull back because I feel due to all the commercials it could have been 30 minutes). We saw different types of portfolios, the table debate, where each judge talked about there favorites and they attempted to choose 10 finalist. Below is the list of the Class of 2013:

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School

Jason Jones and Mike Feldman, Parabellum

Juan Carlos Obando, Juan Carlos Obando

Marc Alary, Marc Alary

Misha Nonoo, Nonoo

Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, TOME

Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia, Ovadia & Sons

Tim Coppens, Tim Coppens

Todd Snyder, Todd Snyder

Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Beard

The designers of Veronica Beard are sisters in law. Public School worked for Sean John for a time. Ovadia & Sons are twins from Brooklyn. These are just a small hint at things that you will see. I can’t wait to see the studio visits, the 10 day test, and the 15 minute timer timed presentation directly to the committee. Can’t wait to see the process. Below I’ve placed the names of the committee, who goes from Anna Wintour and Jenna Lyons to the newly appointed designers of Rag and Bone.

Ken Downing, Senior VP/ Fashion Director, NEIMAN MARCUS

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Managing Partners, RAG & BONE

Mark Holgate, Fashion News Director, VOGUE

Jeffrey Kalinsky, President, JEFFREY and Executive Vice President, NORDSTROM

Steven Kolb, CEO, CFDA

Reed Krakoff, President, Executive Creative Director, COACH

Jenna Lyons, Executive Creative Director, J.CREW

Andrew Rosen, President and Founder, THEORY

Diane von Furstenberg, President, CFDA

Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief, VOGUE


“Buckle Down”- next week is Presentation day. 15 minutes to present your line, your ideal, and your aesthetic. Literally theres you, your models, the committee, and a timer that will ding and stop you. You also have to talk your business. Its a true test. Watch next week on Ovation on Wednesday at 10pm. See you there!


Check out exclusive videos on the Fashion Fund page at


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