Pocket hottie Joseph Altuzarra of eponymous line Altuzarra beat out nine other designers to be named the grand prize winner of this year's Council of Fashion Designers/Vogue Fashion Fund at Skylight Soho last night.
The Fashion Fund, created by the CFDA and Vogue to aid young and emerging designers, includes a mentorship program and a cash prize. Altuzarra took home $300,000 while runners-up Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry and Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind walked away with $100,000 each.
Those that went home empty-handed were Suno s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis; Carlos Campos; Antonio Azzuolo of A.A. Antonio Azzuolo; Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs; Ohne Titel s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill; Fenton/Fallon s Dana Lorenz, and Soraya Silchenstedt of Finn Jewelry.
This year's selection committee included Vogue's editrix-in-chic Anna Wintour, CFDA prez Diane von Furstenberg and CEO Steven Kolb, Theory's Andrew Rosen, Coach's Reed Krakoff, J. Crew's Jenna Lyons, and past Fund winners -- Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. [WWD]