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2011 November 15

Altuzarra Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

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Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, Shane Gabier, Christopher Peters Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, Shane Gabier, Christopher Peters
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(NEW YORK) A whirl of fashion royalty toasted the next generation of go-getters last night for the 8th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala, headlined by keynote speaker Calvin Klein. During the black-tie fete at Skylight Soho, Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra was inaugurated as the 2011 winner, besting a gifted lineup of finalists including Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs, Carlos Campos, Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Antonio Azzuolo of A.A. Antonio Azzuolo, Ohne Titel’s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, Fenton/Fallon’s Dana Lorenz, and Soraya Silchenstedt of Finn Jewelry.

Altuzarra took to the stage to accept his coveted award, a bronze Leonardo Da Vinci-inspired swan statue designed by sculptor Rachel Feinstein, along with a $300,000 cash prize. Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind and Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry were nominated as runners-up; each will receive a $100,000 prize. "Once in the Fashion Fund, we will continue to guide you and protect you," announced CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg to the audience, jam-packed with everyone from Joe Jonas to Brooklyn Decker and Zac Posen

Members of the judging table, who whittled down the 133 applicants to just 10, include: Anna Wintour, Mark Holgate, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Andrew Rosen, newly minted CFDA board members Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jenna Lyons, and Reed Krakoff.

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