Over the years, the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund has ignited the careers of some of today’s biggest names (Alexander Wang, anyone?). With over 3 million dollars granted so far, it is no doubt that even just being considered for this substantial honor sets one of the fast track to fashion greatness.
Last night (July 16), at the Westfield World Trade Center, the future home of Condé Nast, the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists were announced. There are ten in total, including red carpet favorite Wes Gordon. The winner, who will receive a hefty financial endowment to further expand their brand, is set to announced on November 3.
Although the finalist list is speckled with talented designers, one brand stuck out to me in particular: Eva Fehren Fine Jewelry, spearheaded by designer/artist Eva Zuckerman. Upon tracking down the company’s website I found myself fully engrossed in slicking through their latest creations. They. Were. Perfect.
The pieces are obviously the work of an artist like Zuckerman, what with the architectural elements that keep the otherwise classic and delicate pieces from looking blasé. There is an undeniable touch of Manhattan in her pieces as well. To quote her, she is “inspired by the beauty and the glamour of this city, as well as the grit and roughness of it.”
Her use of metals is equally flooring. Most of the pieces are 18K gold or 18K blackened white gold, but have been paired with unusual contrasting materials such as moonstone and opaque diamonds. Such pieces are available for purchase as Barney’s New York locations in Manhattan, California, Chicago and Boston.
Just by these details, it is not hard to imagine why Ms. Zuckerman is a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. I wish her the best of luck come November, and cannot wait to see what else she will create!