The über-fied (sp) and done up Bowery Hotel was the locale for the annual ‘CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund’ benefit. Host of last night’s event included Vogue's Sally Singer and Meredith Melling Burke, and Bonnie Morrison (PR GURU turn Special Projects Editor) of Men's Vogue. The fund was crafted to help and nurture American design talent. The results: The designers receive mentoring from a top-tier fashion panel of professionals who matches up with the designers’ needs and future goals. Past design beneficiaries included Doo-Ri Chung, Kate and Laura Mulleavy ,Thakoon Panichgul, Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler, just to mention a few.
Each year, GAP partners with Vogue and CFDA to host the exclusive event in NYC. In conjunction as event partner, GAP uses the FUND recipients to reinterpret the classic white shirt; allowing the designers to add their interesting twists and design craftsmanship. Besides the slew of designers, the fund added jewelry designer (way to go! jewelry designers are out there too) Philip Crangi into the design mix.
The designs (pictured above) were wicked—but us GENTS could only connect with the masculine cuts and western-inspired shirts of Michael Bastian. Hopefully with Men’s Vogue on board we’ll see at least two menswear designers each year.
Western Shirt By Michael Bastian for GAP