Ladies and gentlemen of the fashion world, there are two new rising stars in town.
In the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s 10th year, it’s worth reminiscing about the onetime up-and-coming winners of years past: designers like Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait were all recipients of the coveted award, which now serves as a sort of one-way ladder towards fashion fame. This summer, 2013’s 10 finalists—including rising womenswear lines Tome, Nonoo and Veronica Beard—were subjected to judging panels, runway shows and even studio tours this year’s winner could be determined.
But last night, New York-based menswear designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School snagged the 2013 Fashion Fund Award, catapulting their relatively new label towards design excellence. Chow, 31, and Osborne, 39, will receive not only a well-earned $300,000 investment in their line, but also a yearlong mentorship with a yet-unnamed industry vet to take Public School to the next level.
We can’t wait to see where Public School will go in 2014!