Menswear designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne last night won the 2013 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund prize.
The founders of the brand Public School, who make fitted flannel shirts, sweatshirt trousers and asymmetrical suiting, will receive $300,000 and one year of mentoring.
Women’s evening-wear designer Juan Carlos Obando, who brought Condola Rashad as his date, and Marc Alary, who left Marc Jacobs to create his own jewelry line of zebra and monkey rings and earrings, were runners-up. They will receive $100,000 each, plus mentoring.
The night began with black SUVs pulling up on a narrow cobblestone street to Spring Studios in TriBeCa, depositing almost 400 guests, among them Aerin Lauder, Taylor Schilling, Alexander Wang and Amar’e Stoudemire, in a November-appropriate wool cap.
“I’m a fan,” hedge-fund manager Richard Perry told Ashley Olsen of the Row before they took their seats in a room all white except for pink tablecloths and red flowers. Dinner was chicken pot pie.
Anna Wintour kicked off the presentation at around 9, noting the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, now in its 10th year, was “born out of a moment of great adversity after 9/11.” It has made $3.8 million in grants to date.
Julianne Moore, in a glittering red Tom Ford dress -- think Dorothy’s ruby slippers -- introduced Ford, who told of white-water rafting in Idaho with Moore and running into a clothed Wintour on a nude beach in St. Barts
“I leaned in to kiss her goodbye and I realized, ‘Oh my God, I am absolutely naked,’” Ford said. “It was like that dream in high school.”
“Never sell a controlling interest in your name,” advised Ford.
Baz Luhrmann introduced a film about Wintour in which Seth Meyers says, “I was in a street fight once, outmanned 10 to 1 when, all the sudden, Anna shows up.”
“Baz, you are such trouble tonight,” Wintour said afterward. “I think we should now put our finalists out of their misery.” Ford and Moore did the honors.
“To the love of my life, thank you for letting me use your credit card,” said runner-up Obando.
“We’ve been sitting next to Tommy Hilfiger tonight,” said Osborne of the winning Public School. “Ten years ago, I worked at his first store. This is beyond what we can think of at this point.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)