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Get to Know the CFDA Winners

Billy Reid, this year’s winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, isn’t your typical up-and-coming fashion talent.

PRABAL GURUNG

To New York fashion people, Prabal Gurung is already a household name after just two years. His collections have garnered him critical acclaim, and he has regular red-carpet endorsements from celebrities like Demi Moore, Leighton Meester, Zoe Saldana, Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton. Gurung’s may seem like an overnight success story, but since arriving here from his native Nepal to study at Parsons The New School for Design, he has gotten a lot of experience under his belt. He interned at Donna Karan, then cut his teeth at Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass before striking out on his own with what he calls a collection of “timeless, relevant, youthful sophistication and an intelligent luxury.”

Gurung described the moment he was named runner-up as a “gamut of emotions. I thought about the time I started to now,” he said. “Everyone has been so supportive.”

As for his $100,000 prize money, “It’s going straight back into the business. The money is going to be put into expansion of the brand and the offering.”

— M.K.

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