Meet This Year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominees

From Suno's mixed print pieces to Greg Armas' collection of cool basics for Assembly, here's who's in the running for this year's $300,000 prize.

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It feels like we were just watching the summer's CFDA Awards and already the council has announced its newest batch of nominees for the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Here, a look at the nominees who stand to win a staggering $300,000, including New Yorker Greg Armas, owner and designer of L.E.S. institutionAssembly.
Armas first conceived of the Assembly collection in order to fill the gaps in his retail buy: everyday basics like button-down shirts, perfectly tailored trousers and easy bags with just a hint of edgy, downtown appeal.
For accessories, NYC-based eyewear brand Illesteva—the brainchild of designers Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman and Alina Silberman—skyrocketed to fame after appearing on Zac Posen's catwalk last fall.
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Los Angeles-based designer Greg Chait has built his brand, the Elder Statesman, on small runs of luxury cashmere knits and cozy basics.
Chait's nubby woven sweaters—like this navy pullover in a "ridge knit" pattern—are made entirely in the USA. $1140 at Mr Porter.
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Jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire has developed a cult following around her glittering leaf-shaped necklaces (sported, most memorably, by Jennifer Aniston in "The Break Up").
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Meant to represent "turning over a new leaf," Meyer Maguire's distinctive charms are fashioned from 18k gold and festooned in glittery, candy-colored diamonds.
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Florence-born (and New York-bred) designer Sofia Sizzi launched her collection, Guilietta, after cutting her teeth at the likes of Gucci, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.
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Bold prints and couture tailoring techniques—as evidenced in this cool printed maxi dress—ruled Giulietta fall 2012 collection.
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It's hard to believe that Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty debuted their breakout collection, Suno, just four years ago. Now, the designers are up for a CFDA win that would surely take the indie label into the big time.
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Mixed-up prints and patterns continue to define Suno's artfully assembled collections. Here, a stripey orange blazer and swishy stripe skirt from the brand's fall 2012 collection.
Shoe-obsessed fashionistas know Tabitha Simmons for her playful footwear collections and super-luxe materials.
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Bow embellishments and cheeky details (like the zig-zag edging on these strappy red kicks) are among Simmons' shoe signatures. $1,245 at Barneys New York.
Designer Wes Gordon, 26, has become a favorite among red-carpet-bound celebs seeking his elegant eveningwear looks and sleek separates.
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For Fall, Gordon mixed simple, minimalist pieces with splashy gold leopard prints and pops of plush fur.
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Andrea Lieberman's collection of ready-to-wear, A.L.C., combines simple silhouettes with luxe fabrics and immaculate tailoring.
Catering to cool girls with a flare for preppy basics, Lieberman's pitch-perfect outwear and modern separates feel entirely "now," yet classic enough to pull out of the closet season after season.
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