In keeping with their now annual tradition (heading into its twelfth season), the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation hosted a breakfast last Wednesday to welcome the newest winners to the fold.
High atop the Museum of Art and Design at Robert restaurant in Columbus Circle, Prabal Gurung walked the crowd (which included EDFF judges Marylou Luther, Kim Hastreiter, Julie Gilhart, Ken Downing, Josh Peskowitz, Ruth Finley and Sally Singer) through his very moving rags to riches story.
Then 2013's crop of EDFF winners—each of whom received a $25,000 grant to put toward a New York Fashion Week show or presentation—were crowned. The lucky recipients: TOME duo Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin for womenswear, Ian Velardi for menswear, Susan Woo for sustainable design and Deborah Pagani for accessories design.
There was a small selection of each designer's work on display in the glass-walled aerie, but I'm looking forward to experiencing the full measure of their talent during New York Fashion Week. Welcome to the Class of 2013, kids!