Every June, the fashion industry gathers together to honor the most substantial American designers at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Awards are given in womenswear, meswear, accessories, journalism, and personal style, among others.
This year, the CFDA has introduced a unified Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, a category that highlights womenswear, menswear, and accessory design. But the word "emerging" can mean so many things, and may even be misleading.
Sander Lak, creative director of Sies Marjan, has had an illustrious career for a decade prior to starting his own brand. Brock Collection, led by husband and wife team Lauren Vassar and Kris Brock, won the CFDA Fashion Fund. Have they not yet emerged? And then there's Virgil Abloh, who, is not only a designer, but an architect, with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
So what exacting does it mean to be "emerging"? Certainly it is not to be "on the brink", as many of these designers have far surpassed what most would consider wild success. Here, each nominee tells us what the word means to them.