Caleres and Saint Louis Fashion Fund Announce the Top 6 Finalists for the Caleres Emerging Designer Award
As a whirlwind of buzz and excitement surround the recent announcement of the —$25K Caleres Emerging Designer Award—presented to one lucky designer during Saint Louis Fashion Week—the top six finalists for the prize have officially been announced by Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe Co.) and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.
The six finalists are Julie Haus and Jason Alkire (Haus Alkire), Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta (Eckhaus Latta), Azede Jean-Pierre (Azede Jean-Pierre), Katharine Polk (Houghton), Brandon Sun (Brandon Sun) and Jordana Warmflash (NOVIS). Each designer will present their newest collection on the runway of Saint Louis Fashion Week on Nov. 4 in front of an elite panel of jurors who will decide the winner of the $25,000 award. Jurors include James LaForce, CEO of LaForce + Stevens; international fashion and design consultant Fern Mallis; Barneys New York Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura; designer Lisa Perry and co-CEO of Hilldun Corporation and InterLuxe chairman Gary Wassner.
The finalists, jurors, media and celebrity special guests will celebrate the announcement at a VIP cocktail event at the Caleres-Sam Edelman Showroom in NYC on Monday, Aug. 3.
Update: Brandon Sun has withdrawn as a finalist for the Caleres Emerging Designer Award citing personal reasons. Sun wishes his fellow designers well and hopes to show in St. Louis in the future.