CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Announced

Every year, the CFDA and Vogue partner up to offer one talented designer up to $200,000, and if the nominations for this year are any indication, the competition is stiff indeed.

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Prabal Gurung
Gurung's one of the front-runners for the top prize, considering he was also nominated for the CFDA's Swarovski prize this year (which highlights up-and-coming talent).Watch our interview with Gurung on the perfect dress.
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Christian Cota
Cota has become something of a celebrity favorite (here, Taylor Swift wears one of his dresses), as well as an editor's darling. He doesn't quite have the brand name presence of Gurung, for example, but he's clearly a talent.
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Altuzarra
Joseph Altuzarra is the definition of the insider's favorite: His curve-hugging, slightly deconstructed designs have made him a favorite of everyone from Vogue editors to The Times' own Cathy Horyn. Watch our interview at Altuzarra's Fall 2010 show.
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Gregory Parkinson
Parkinson's specialty in saturated prints and even tie-dye makes him stand out among the other contenders. He's also known for being more of a west coast designer, which is refreshing in a sea of New York-focused talent.
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Robert Geller
German-born Geller was trained at RISDI, and did a turn at Marc Jacobs before putting out his wearable-yet-fashion-forward menswear line.
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Billy Reid
Recently named the best menswear designer in America by GQ, Reid has a wonderfully American style with a touch of Southern charm.
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Loden Dager
Loden Dagger
Helmed by two alumni of Marc Jacobs, Loden Dagger has a distinctly relaxed, downtown aesthetic that manages to be at once wearable and cutting-edge.
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Pamela Love
We've been devotees of Love's moody, tough-girl aesthetic for some time, and after a high-profile collaboration with Zac Posen recently, she's due for some meaty recognition.
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Eddie Borgo
Like Gurung and Altuzarra, Borgo was nominated for a CFDA Swarovski award this year, so his chances of either winning the top award or getting a $50,000 runner-up prize are substatial. Plus, his art gallery-meets-punk jewelry is utterly original.
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Moss Lipow
Moss Lipow
This eyewear designer's pieces are anything but conventional, and having an accessory designer whose main focus isn't on handbags or jewelry is refreshingly cool.
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