Designer Billy Reid was the surprise winner of this years CFDA /Vogue Fashion Fund award, which took place Monday night. Beating out critical darlings Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung, the Alabama-based Reid wasn’t the obvious choice for the award. A quietly talented veteran, he has flown under the radar of fashion’s media machine. But his smart take on sportswear earned him the $300,000 prize, meant to help business development, as well as a year-long mentorship by a prominent industry professional. Past award winners include Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet and Proenza Schouler.
By Kenya Hunt