Among other eligibility requirements, all applicants must have an established primary design business in the U.S., be in business for a minimum of two consecutive years, and must have "demonstrable talent: i.e., have garnered substantial and recent editorial coverage, and have support (i.e., orders) from key retailers."
Notable previous finalists include:
Phillip Lim ('06, finalist; '07 runner-up)
Thakoon ('06, runner-up)
Jovovich-Hawk ('06, finalist)
Rag & Bone ('06, finalist)
Derek Lam ('04, finalist; '05, runner-up)
Marchesa ('06 finalist)
Proenza Schouler ('04, winner)
Vena Cava ('07, finalist; '08, runner-up)
Alexander Wang ('08, winner)
To celebrate, each of the recipients of this prestigious award (winner and runners-up) designed a signature "capsule collection" exclusively for award partner. Prabal Gurung is one of the runners-up for this year's prize, and J.Crew just posted his limited collection (for some of the designs, only 50 pieces total were created at all!) on their website. IT. IS. STU-NNING.
|(This (denim?! really?! awesome.) jacket is DIVINE)|
Says the designer: "Personal style is innovative yet intimate. It's a reflection of your aesthetic, beliefs, who you stand for and the relationship you have with the world. It has the power to speak volumes about you without having to vocalize a thing."
I wish my budget spoke Gurung's language.