A New Class of Designers

CFDA Incubator // Behind the photo shoot from Ann Street Studio on Vimeo.

As you know, we love working with the CFDA. They work to support up-and-coming designers with the CFDA Incubator program, and this latest class of incredible designers happened to include two we’ve worked with before – the lovely Misha Nonoo and Katie Ermilio (Katie even designed my wedding dress!). So when we were asked to take the official portraits of the 2014 class of designers, we couldn’t wait. We created an entire portrait set up in our studio and the designers came in and out throughout the day (which you can see in the time lapse video above!).

It was so wonderful to meet all of you, CFDA Incubator class of 2014! Now tell us…

“What is fashion to you?”


Misha Nonoo, NONOO

“Fashion is transformative.”


Dana Arbib, Farah Mailk, Jesse Meighan, A PEACE TREATY

“Fashion is a universal language of self-expression.”


Lucio Castro, LUCIO CASTRO

“Fashion is clothes plus feelings.”



“Fashion is about creativity and statements, and a personality.”


Katie Ermilio, KATIE ERMILIO

“Fashion is about personal style.”


Yara Flinn, NOMIA

“Fashion is experimentation.”


Matt & Alex Orley, Samantha Florence, ORLEY

“Fashion is…relative.”


Kaelen Haworth, KAELEN

“Fashion is powerful.”


Sarah Law, KARA 

“Fashion is experiential.”


Isa Tapia, ISA TAPIA

“Fashion is a way to express yourself!”

4 thoughts on “A New Class of Designers

  1. Love, love, love. I’m always fascinated to see what an artist or designer looks like. Oftentimes us artists share our work, not ourselves, which I find very strange since art seems WAY more personal than what we happen to look like.

  2. We love the CDFA too! They really bring fashion design to the forefront of our culture! It’s such atreat to actually see the designers come to the center instead of their designs! Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. So interesting seeing all of these designers! My favorite way to look and view different designers is through purelyapp.com or through their iPhone app! You can look through designers, collections, and even create lookbooks with your favorite looks. I found so many new designers through the app!

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