At last night’s event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of the brand Pyer Moss walked away with the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion fund. His win comes on the heels of his Spring/Summer 2019 show, which critics praised for its focus on, “elevating the everyday black experience.”.

As first prize winner, Jean-Raymond and Pyer Moss received a $400,000 prize, while runners-up Emily Bode (of menswear label Bode) and womenswear label Jonathan Cohen each received $150,000.

“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by the winners,” remarked Anna Wintour. “They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”

Given what the CFDA/Vogue Fashion fund has done for previous winners—beginning with inaugural winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, we can hope that brighter days are ahead for both Jean-Raymond and Pyer Moss.

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