Since Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi, and Keith Baptista launched Made fashion week in 2009, the program has helped such stars as Altuzarra, Suno, and Hood by Air gain their footing. And while Lincoln Center’s Fall ’14 schedule is thinning, Made’s lineup is robust as ever. Of course, there’s that little fact that the latter picks up the designers’ venue, production, hair, and makeup tabs. But on cool factor alone, if you’re an independent or emerging talent, the initiative’s Milk Studios and Standard Hotel spaces are inarguably the hottest spots to show. Today, Style.com can exclusively reveal Made’s Fall ’14 schedule, and it’s packed with exciting newbies like Azede Jean Pierre, Charles Harbison, CG by Chris Gelinas (who won the second annual Made for Peroni Young Designer Award), Maria ke Fischerman, Baja East, Highland, and more. ‘There are a few things that are important to us,’ offered Lombardo of the competitive selection process. ‘There’s obviously the talent side-we want to share beautiful talent with editors and buyers. We also want to make sure that [our designers] have a sense of business, because we invest a lot of money and time into this program,’ she said. ‘We want to ensure that we’re investing in brands that are going to be successful-maybe not even financially, but that are going to at least make an impact on culture.’ Also on the docket for Fall is Australian designer Dion Lee’s debut Made romp (he showed in New York for the first time last season at Eyebeam Studios in Chelsea), as well as CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award-winning label Public School. After presenting with Made for the past few seasons, the brand’s designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne will be holding their first bona fide runway show. ‘Every season I’m excited because I get to see the evolution of these designers’ collections,’ said Lombardo. ‘We really get involved with their processes. The designers know that we’re humans-we’re not just an organization-and that they can always talk to somebody from the Made team.’
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