For one night only, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was transformed into American fashion’s hub, with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and finalists from the past 15 years of the competition coming together to celebrate the class of 2018. Before the runway show, Karlie Kloss and Brandon Maxwell doled out advice to this year’s group of finalists—“You’re all winners!”—while past finalists palled around at the bar and guests dined on Vogue’s classic CVFF dish, chicken pot pie.
With dinner wrapping up, the runway show began, meaning the aforementioned Tesla zipped through space—but that’s not all. An aerialist swung from the rafters, a choir sang in the balcony, and a set of models zoomed around on Vespas. Designers showed off their latest collections on casts of models and friends styled by Vogue’s own Alex Harrington. In the end, the 10 finalists were cheered on by the crowd while they waited for the winner to be announced—but take it from Kloss and Maxwell: To make it this far, each is truly a winner.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was established in 2003 to help emerging American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion. This year JD, a leading Chinese e-commerce company was a proud sponsor of the Fashion Fund award in New York. Ding XIA the owner of the B2C online retail was caught flaunting our beautiful lace black gown from our new collection on the red carpet with Karlie Kloss, Anna Wintour, and other celebrities as she had the pleasure of hosting, mingling with American Fashion icons, power players and merging