On Monday, November 3rd, 2014, Seth Meyers and Stella McCartney hosted the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios in New York. The winning recipient amongst this year’s group of young American designers was shoe designer Paul Andrew, and runner-ups were Eva Zuckerman of the jewelry line Eva Fehren, and womenswear designer Ryan Roche. The night, which coincidentally fell on Anna Wintour’s birthday, drew in models, designers, and editors of the industry, as well as people from other fields, including tennis player Serena Williams, Maggie Gyllenhall, and even Ben Stiller.
McCartney is the first woman to ever deliver the keynote speech for a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. An environmentally conscious designer herself, McCartney urged the audience to think more responsibly of their impact on the environment. “I don’t want to be the exception, I want to be the rule” she said.
Every year, the CFDA and Vogue Magazine come together to reward an endowment that supports the next generation of American fashion designers. Andrew was rewarded with $300,000, while Zuckerman and Roche each received $100,000; all three will also be assigned a business mentor. Previous alumni of this award includes Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang.