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The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Initiative, an organization dedicated to aiding up-and-coming American designers on the path to realizing their dreams, announced the finalists in its annual Fashion Fund Competition today.
Not only is Versace entering the fancy kids’ clothing arena with Young Versace, its ad campaign stars some serious supermodel spawn.
In 1955, the then 21-year-old Karl Lagerfeld entered the International Wool Secretariat‘s design competition (think CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, but way, way earlier and way less involved) and competed against Yves Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent won, but Lagerfeld took home second place for this awesome camel coat. Could either of the young men have known then what kind of impact they’d have on the fashion industry? Perhaps not, but this video, as short as it is, marks an immeasurably important point in fashion history.
There are streets that young designers dream about — Fifth Avenue in New York, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and London’s Saville Row. And now, thanks to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, young designers in Italy can sell their wares on Milan’s Via Spiga.
For a brand that exudes Italian elegance and sex appeal, it’s always baffled us that Donatella Versace has never figured out how to make her face appear even close to natural. We’ve come to recognize her as the overly tanned, droopy skinned, big lipped, peroxide blonde designer, but at one point she was actually normal looking — bleached hair aside.