As followers of the UnBeige Twitter feed learned only moments after it was announced, boy wonder Alexander Wang (at right) has won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize, beating out nine other finalists to take home $200,000 and as much business mentoring as he can stand. The 24-year-old Lower East Sider is known for his gritty separates that on the runway are transformed into coveted gestalts of urban insouciance. Runner-up honors (and $50,000) went to Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava and Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus (all pictured below, with Wang).
“In only the fifth year of the Fashion Fund competition, we know that to win a first or runner-up prize is to receive a very substantial professional boost,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at last night’s dinner announcing the winners. “The proof lies in the remarkable success of the Fund’s previous winners.” Past winners and runners-up including Doo-Ri Chung, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy were on hand to prove Wintour’s point and celebrate this year’s honorees. Also among the designer-heavy crowd were CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano, Francisco Costa, Narciso Rodriguez, Reed Krakoff, Vera Wang, and Zac Posen.
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