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16Arlington Wins BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2023

16Arlington co-cofounder Marco Capaldo.
16Arlington co-cofounder Marco Capaldo. (16Arlington)

Emerging British label 16Arlington, founded by Marco Capaldo and the late Federica “Kikka” Cavenati, has been awarded this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, receiving a £150,000 cash prize and business mentoring.

Best known for its glitzy eveningwear and show-stopping party dresses, 16Arlington has become a favourite of celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Adwoa Aboah, Olivia Rodrigo and Jodie Turner Smith since it launched in 2018.

In a statement, Edward Enninful OBE, British Vogue editor-in-chief and chair of the fund committee, paid tribute to Cavenati, who died in 2021 aged 28 following a short illness.

”This is a testament to Marco and Federica’s unwavering commitment to push boundaries and challenge conventions with their show stopping, subversive and uncompromising womenswear designs,” Enniful said.

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Other brands shortlisted for this year’s award included A.W.A.K.E MODE, Ahluwalia, Alighieri, Completedworks, Piferi and Supriya Lele.

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