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Hoping to Be the Next Great American Fashion Brand

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Dao-Yi Chow, Bethann Hardison, Maxwell OsborneLast night, under the gothic archways of The High Line Hotel’s Hoffman Hall in New York’s Chelsea district, Target and the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrated the CFDA’s incoming crop of promising design talent—the CFDA Incubator Class 3.0—over cocktails and dinner. The ten honorees—A Peace Treaty’s Dana Arbib, Farah Malik, and Jesse Meighan; Sara Beltrán of Dezso by Sara Beltrán; Isa Tapia; Kaelen’s Kaelen Haworth; Kara’s Sarah Law; Katie Ermilio; Lucio Castro; Nomia’s Yara Flinn; Nonoo’s Misha Nonoo; and Orley’s Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence—toasted the start of their two-year tenure (2014-2016) in the CFDA’s business development program.

“It’s a very reflective group of what is American fashion overall,” said Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s CEO, who later added, “We have the powerful opportunity to help these ten young American fashion brands move to a new level and to create a business that’s sustainable.” Target also created a “Summer School Series” of workshops and will present the designers with an Uncommon Design Challenge, where the winner will see their product sold in select Target stores and online.

Last night was about celebrating their collective Incubator experience (they spent the morning in media training) and how they’ll grow separately as professionals. Amid the chatter, Haworth was contemplating whether to make Castro’s June wedding in Corsica, Nonoo was gabbing with fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum Dao-Yi Chow of Public School on just how they were portrayed in their Ovation TV documentary series, while Florence gushed about the Katie Ermilio dress she’ll wear to the upcoming CFDA Awards.

“Everyone can design a sketch, but not everyone can build a brand,” said Noria Morales, Target’s director of design partnerships. “The people who made it into this Incubator program have a nose for business, and we recognize that they can be the next great American fashion brands.”

Here’s to the next two years.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com 

What Makes a Good Fashion Instagram? Ask the CFDA

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CFDA Instagram

The CFDA believes it has cracked the code of what makes a spectacular “fashion Instagram.” WWD reports today that on May 30, the CFDA will hand out a prize to one of eight nominees who are apparently expert iPhone snappers. Chosen by a panel that includes Rachel Zoe, Editorialist’s Stefania Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson, and The Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark, the competitors were listed only by their Instagram handles in the article. @dapperlou, @donalddrawbertson, @aguynamedpatrick, @paridust, @troprouge, @amy_stone, @hokaytokay, and @bessnyc4 are all in the running. Each of the nominated Instagrammers is more or less an up-and-comer, so an attempt by the CFDA to highlight new personalities might explain its choice to leave out Instagram favorites like Nicola Formichetti, Riccardo Tisci, and Mario Testino.

So what exactly makes a stellar fashion Insta? Judging by the selected accounts, food (specifically bagels and lox, macaron assortments, and cappuccinos with meticulously styled foam); selfies (bow ties, hair-covered faces, and arty backdrops are preferable); and snaps of other people’s images (inventive angles and collages are a must) count for some of the key elements. Actual fashion, interestingly enough, is not essential.

“Instagram has become the platform for visual expression in fashion because it’s quick, easy, accessible—it’s always with you. It’s enough of a category that they [the CFDA] want to take that trend and maximize it in some way,” offered Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom. In true social media style, the public will choose the winner. Voting opens today on cfda.com. The sharp-shooting champion will get to attend the June 2 awards ceremony, and will take over the CFDA’s Instagram account for the evening.

A CFDA award category for non-iPhone photography—the old fashioned form of visual expression—does not yet exist.

Photos: Via Instagram 

Chin-Chin! Tibi Designs Veuve Clicquot’s Polo Classic T-Shirt

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Tibi

After a brutal winter and virtually nonexistent spring, it’s safe to say this year’s seventh-annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, set for May 31, will mark the official warm-weather revelry. Each year, New Yorkers, athletes, and celebs alike hop a ferry to Liberty State Park for their chance to wear a cotton sundress (or the menswear equivalent), swill champagne at 10 a.m., and watch Nacho Figueras conquer the field. To the uninitiated, it sounds like a scene from The Great Gatsby. Even if you don’t have a ticket (they sold out almost immediately), you can still get a taste of the experience with the event’s official T-shirt. This year, Tibi designer Amy Smilovic created a limited-edition white tee with a splash of canary yellow paint. A first look debuts exclusively here on Style.com. “After our Spring ’14 collection, the paint splatter quickly became one of our iconic prints,” Smilovic said. “A lot of editors wore the full skirts to fashion week, so we wanted to do a twist on that and re-create the print in Veuve Clicquot’s signature yellow.” The T-shirt will be available on-site the day of the match, but you can order yours online at tibi.com starting May 7. Tees cost $48 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Council of Fashion Designers of America. (Smilovic has been a member for years.)

While Smilovic admits she is far from a polo expert, she already has the perfect ensemble in mind for the big event. “My team is killing me because I keep pulling things from Spring ’15! But I just want everything to be crisp shirting material. I’ll be wearing something in poplin, like a full poplin skirt or a crop top.” A glimpse at what’s to come next season? Perhaps. For now, we’re happy sporting these easy tees—while sipping a glass (or two) of Veuve, of course.

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will take place on May 31 at Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Tibi for Veuve Clicquot T-shirts will be available on-site, and on tibi.com beginning May 7.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Jobs Wanted: The Business of Fashion launches its new recruitment site in London

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BofLondon’s top designers turned out for a dinner party to launch The Business of Fashion’s new recruitment site, BoF Careers, at Mayfair’s Morton’s Club last night. The concept of a fashion- and luxury-only recruitment site came to founder Imran Amed not long after he launched BoF back in 2007. As the site started to grow, so did Amed’s connections.

“People would approach me after shows, dinners, presentations, and ask questions like, ‘I am looking for a PR manager who speaks Mandarin, I am looking for a social media marketer—do you know someone?’ This happened enough times for me to think, Hey, there needs to be an online recruitment site for fashion and luxury only.” Industry heavyweights agreed: LVMH, Tory Burch, the Net-a-Porter Group, Swarovski, Ermenegildo Zegna, Lane Crawford, and Anya Hindmarch, who together employ almost 150,000 people worldwide, are BoF’s launch partners. The CFDA and BFC also became involved. “Starting right now, our seven partners will post their vacancies online, so those looking for employment in fashion worldwide will be able to start their search immediately.”

The evening was also a release party for the second issue of BoF magazine with cover star Victoria Beckham, who also, btw, is seeking a digital marketing intern exclusively on the site—résumés at the ready!

Photo: Courtesy of The Business of Fashion

Editorialist Toasts Its Collaboration With the CFDA

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Stefania Allen, Steven Kolb, Kate Davidson Hudson

It was a fashion feast among friends last night at The High Line Hotel, where the CFDA and Editorialist celebrated their collaborative Accessories Spotlight campaign. “Accessories and jewelry aren’t often promoted,” offered the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, explaining the impetus for the ongoing series. “Most of the designers featured, this is their craft and their art,” said Kolb, who decided to show his personal support by donning a pair of Illesteva frames.

Once a month, Editorialist—the fashion magazine meets online retailer created by former Elle editors Stefania Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson—casts the spotlight on a new CFDA accessories designer. Showcased talents, like this month’s Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost, receive a dedicated gallery on Editorialist, where their confections are displayed. Furthermore, special content gives greater insight into the brands’ aesthetics, inspirations, and histories.

The camaraderie was certainly passed around the long dining table as editors, designers, and models sipped champagne and dined on ginger-crusted tilapia under the high-vaulted ceiling of the gothic, turn-of-the-century hotel. “It’s OK, we know each other!” said one editor as she boldly stabbed her fork into her neighbor’s fish.

So what did Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman think of Kolb’s eyewear choice? “I think Steven rotates between a few other designers’ pairs,” said Silberman. “But no one gets mad. Here, we’re all friends.”

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com