For devoted groupies of Inhabitat’s sustainable style column, it is probably no real surprise to discover that we are big fans of John Patrick ORGANIC and his gorgeously tailored, inspired eco collections. We have been following ORGANIC since Fall 2007 when Jill Danyelle and Jill Fehrenbacher first highlighted the significant headway that this groundbreaking designer was making on both fashion and eco-design frontiers. With this in mind, we are totally thrilled to announce that John Patrick ORGANIC was recently selected as one of the finalists for the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award! We could think of no one more deserving of the accolades and high honors, and are encouraged by this next bold step for sustainable style and future-forward design.
This year’s ten finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award include an impressive line up of cutting edge and innovative designers who are notably pushing the edge of both fringe and mainstream fashion as well as savvy business acumen. The prestigious award includes financial support (up to $200,000 for the winner – $50,000 each for two runners-up) and business mentorship for emerging designers who show exceptional promise and all-out design ingenuity.
Previous winners have included Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Rogan Gregory (an Inhabitat fave and last year’s winner!), Thakoon, and Doo Ri, to drop just a few names. Given that ORGANIC is at the forefront of sustainable style that gracefully dispels the ‘crunchy’ label associated with green garb, we think that ORGANIC is a surefire winner for this year’s award. With a stellar track record for creating sustainable style collections firmly in place (way before others had jumped on the eco-bandwagon), John Patrick Organic has always done his homework regarding right materials and right practices.
CFDA is the Council of Fashion Designers of America and sponsoring the awards are such prestigious companies as Gap, American Express, Barneys New York, Juicy Couture, Nordstrom, Theory and, of course, Vogue.
Stay tuned for follow-up on the award announcement at a gala here in NYC in November 17, 2008, and be sure to read on for Inhabitat’s coverage of previous collections from John Patrick ORGANIC.