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In the past three months Christopher Kane and Billy Reid have both been chosen as the winners of Vogue Fashion Funds (Christopher Kane for Vogue UK and Billy Reid Vogue America).  Because of this, the two designers were awarded mentoring from fashion industry professionals as well as monetary awards to assist in the advancement of their own labels.

Christopher Kane, the winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, has been a hot name in the fashion industry since his graduate show in Spring of 2007.  In addition to working on his own label with his sister Tammy, Christopher was also tapped to assist Donatella Versace in the revamping and relaunching of Versace Versus, a diffusion line of Versace.

Christopher Kane and Donatella Versace

In his award, Kane will receive 200,000 Euros(which is about $276,040.00), and mentorship through a panel chaired by Marigay McKee, the Director of Fashion and Beauty at Harrods.  On his own, Kane is already stocked in stores around the world including Barneys, Jeffreys, Browns, Liberty, Dover Street Market, Harvey Nichols, Net-a-Porter, Joyce, Maria Luisa, Printemps, and Corso Como.

Designer, Billy Reid is Christopher Kane’s American counterpart.  Based in Alabama, Reid, owns a handful of stores throughout the south, which has a heavy influence on his aesthetic.  Having already done collaborations with brands like Stetson, Levi’s and K-Swiss, the designer is in no way new to the field, but is working his way back to the top after shuttering the label after 9/11.

For his award, Reid will receive $300,000 thanks to a partnership with J. Crew.  The monetary award also comes with a mentorship but the mentor hasn’t been announced yet.  The runner ups to Reid were Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo who both received $100,000 awards.

(l to r) Billy Reid, Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Prabal Gurung, Diane Von Furstenberg, Eddie Borgo

These two designers have been awarded opportunities that many would die for.  A chance to get your pieces in front of Vogue Editors, and more importantly, obtain knowledge from industry personnel who are in the position you one day wish to see yourself in is priceless.  Only great things are to be expected from these two as they now join the ranks of names like Alexander Wang, Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler, and Erdem.

Mikelle Street – (Member)