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2012 January 3

Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Reveals 2012 Winners

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Vera and Daphne Correll of Correll Correll. Vera and Daphne Correll of Correll Correll.
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(NEW YORK) Where there's fashion, there's usually vino! And who's more adept at merging the two worlds together than Ecco Domani? Today, the influential Italian winemaker announced the winners of the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards, won in previous years by a smattering of talent from Prabal Gurung and Derek Lam to Rodarte and Zac Posen. The pool of 200 applicants was whittled down to seven lucky finalists by a coterie of esteemed judges like T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s Sally Singer, Paper’s Kim Hastreiter, Barneys’ Julie Gilhart, and Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing.

In the women's category, recipients include Correll Correll, founded by German-born twin sisters Daphne and Vera Correll in 2006, and Eighteenth, an asymmetrical clothing line that originated with just six tees for Spring 2010. Also on the women's docket: Haus Alkire, a collaboration between Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, and Sunhee, a recently established, eponymous line from the Geoffrey Beene alum, who worked at chez Beene under Alber Elbaz's tutelage.

Tim Coppens represents the men’s design department. Coppens is a former RLX Ralph Lauren design director who launched his own graphically-tailored collection for Fall 2011. Taking home the accessories award is Dezso by Sara Beltrán, helmed by the onetime stylist and beach enthusiast who has a penchant for using raw materials like polki diamonds, kyanite stones, and fossilized shark teeth. Meanwhile, Titania Inglis hit a homer in the sustainable design category with her New York-crafted womenswear line made with environmentally-friendly goods like organic cotton from Japan and vegetable-tanned leather.

"As one of the new winners said in her application, ‘The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award is like the Oscars to me.’ I think she's absolutely right,” said EDFF judge and The International Fashion Syndicate editor Marylou Luther in a statement. Each 2012 recipient will be awarded a $25,000 grant for their New York Fashion Week collections. 

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