Caroline Issa continues to serve as the publisher and executive fashion director of Tank magazine but over the last year or so, we've seen a lot more of her in front of the camera. Recently she teamed up with Jimmy Choo on their StyleMakers campaign, worked with J. Crew on their Hello, World project and now she has another campaign under her belt.
Today jewelery designer Monique Péan released a series of images showing Issa modelling some of her pieces, with Péan's paintings serving as a backdrop and clothes by Sut'ana. So far neither have released statements about the campaign but if you like what you see, you can bag the pieces from the images on Péan's website now.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize is a big one but just to make it a bit more interesting this year, they've decided to treat the finalists to a bonus trip to Paris.
According to The Cut, Tommy Hilfiger is sponsoring the program, which enables these designers to show their collections in Paris to ensure that their collections are seen by those press and buyers who couldn't make it to New York Fashion Week. The lucky ten designers are Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet, Simon Spurr, Billy Reid, Eddie Borgo, Monique Péan, Ohne Titel, George Esquivel, Gregory Parkinson, and Pamela Love.
There are pieces that CFDA winners have designed for Gap that have undoubtedly gone down in history - think Philip Lim's white blouse, or Alexander Wang's khaki motorcycle jacket - and there are pieces that have made such little impact we couldn't remember them if we tried, however this year's winners seem to have left quite a mark, as Fashionista's Lauren Sherman reports from the Gap pop up shop, located Midtown New York.
This year's jewellery comes from Monique Péan, who has created a 12-piece collection using her socially responsible ethos, working with local artisans in Columbia to produce pieces made from green coconut to water snakeskin to seeds. Womenswear came from Sophie Theallet, who designed a collection similar to that of her ready-to-wear designs, with a French feel about the clothing, fitting perfectly in with Gap's classic personality. Despite designing the menswear additions to this year's collaboration, Patrik Ervell's collection was even admired by Vogue's Sally Singer - who was said to be lusting after a silk tweed blazer - with a menswear range that could easily have unisex appeal.
Sophie Theallet started her week off right: Last night, she took home a $200,000 prize for top honours at the Sixth-Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. The Brooklyn-based womenswear designer addressed the crowd at New York's Skyline Studios by saying, "I'm French, so I'm going to try to do my best...Thank you for making my American dreams come true."
Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz and Nicole Kidman gave out the awards, which saw runners-up Monique Pean, a philanthropic jewellery designer, and menswear designer Patrik Ervell take $50,000 apiece. Facing a crowd including Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Karen Elson, Pean vowed, "I won't disappoint you."
Wintour said at the event that she had met with the French minister of culture to discuss starting a similar fund in France, and the UK and Italy already have their own schemes. The editor reported that China, Russia, Brazil and India aren't far behind, but admitted still that "New York is the place to come for young designers to show what they're capable of."
Flora Gill and Alexa Adams of Ohne Titel; Waris Ahluwali of House of Waris
It's a pretty huge pat on the back for designers to receive the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Past winners of the cash award and mentorship include Proenza Schouler, Doo-Ri Chung and Alexander Wang - without argument, some of fashion's (freshest) big names. And the Fashion Fund has just been tipping us off to great designers for six years.
This year's 10 finalists have been announced, so now you'll know who to keep on your style radar. Try Flora Gill and Alexa Adams of Ohne Titel; Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris; Monique Pean; Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin; Patrik Ervell; Wayne Lee of Wayne; Sophie Theallet; Gary Graham; George Esquivel of Esquivel Shoes; and Simon Spurr of Spurr.
A big congrats to all of them, and we'll keep our fingers crossed for Nov. 16, when the winner is announced.