Brock Collection has won the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with Vogue magazine held their annual Fashion Fund presentation in New York City on Monday night (07Nov16).
From a group of 10 remaining brands that spanned the categories of ready-to-wear, menswear, accessories, optical and lingerie, Brock Collection - founded by husband-and-wife design duo Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock in 2013 - was named the winner of the top honor, taking home a cash prize of $400,000 (£322,000) to invest in their company, as well as continued business mentorship from CFDA members.
The Newport Beach-based designers met while studying at Parsons School of Design, and their collections of elegant, high-end ready-to-wear are stocked at retailers like Barneys New York, with their romantic dresses and skirts worn by the likes of Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Olsen.
Since they were announced in June (16), the finalists have spent months participating in a series of challenges, from projects with Intel and Instagram, to show technological and social media savvy. They were also required to present at an A-list fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
Fashion Fund runners up were Krewe du Optic, the New Orleans-based eyewear collection designed by Stirling Barrett as well as Adam Selman, who made his name as a stylist for Rihanna. The two runner-ups take home $150,000 (£120,000) each.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was established in 2003, and is known as a springboard for new talent.
Previous brands and designers to win the prize include Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Joseph Altuzarra.