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Earlier this month, the CFDA elected three new designers to sit on its board in order to replace former members Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole, and Isabel Toledo, who will retain emeritus status. WWD reports today that the newcomers are Prabal Gurung, Deborah Lloyd, and The Row’s Ashley Olsen. Strangely, there was no mention of Ashley’s twin and co-designer, Mary-Kate. That’s not to say that the former Full House stars are required to do everything in tandem, but still…maybe next year?
There’s no questioning Asia’s importance in the fashion market, and Western brands have more than taken note. This month in Hong Kong alone, Tory Burch, Kenzo, Moncler, and Calvin Klein all hosted events within days of each other. And at Singapore’s FIDé fashion week (FIDé is an organization that aims to promote regional and international designers in Singapore), European brands like Pierre Balmain and American ones like Burkman Bros and Ari Dein similarly made the trek eastward to show their collections. “It was the first time both brands participated in a full-length fashion show,” Steven Kolb, the CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said of the latter two. “Fashion is no longer defined by borders, and the more we can nurture global relations, the greater the success for our designers.”
But the region is also increasingly interested in holding its own in global fashion, and the eleven-day event in Singapore, which typically features several days of presentations by French haute couturiers and Asian couturiers, included the latest step in that direction: the founding of the Asian Couture Federation (ACF). Now, the Asian couturiers (dubbed by the ACF as “Asian Couturier Extraordinaires”) will have a support system of their own. Its inception was an act that won FIDé executive chairman and ACF founder Frank Cintamani (below, left) France’s esteemed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres honor. Even Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, offered Cintamani a pat on the back, calling the Federation’s establishment “a significant event for all of Asia,” at a time “when we consider that fashion until recently was generally seen as the domain of Europe and the United States.” Continue Reading “In Singapore, Asia’s Couturiers Get A Boost” »
It’s not just rescue puppies and Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts that have fallen into Ralph Lauren’s good graces of late. Today, WWD reports that the designer’s company has donated $500,000 to the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, which, launched last month by the CFDA, Theory CEO Andrew Rosen, and the New York City Economic Development Corp., aims to raise funds to help New York’s garment industry thrive. It’s nice to see that the New York-born Lauren (who caught some flack for producing the RL-designed 2012 Olympic uniforms in China) is rallying to support the home team.
Yesterday at the CFDA’s offices in Nolita, seventeen CFDA jewelry designers gathered for the first time to show their new works collectively to buyers, editors, and industry influencers. “Jewelry is such a distinct category in fashion—it stands alone—and it’s a growing category in our membership,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “So the idea was to really celebrate that specialness and the members who are jewelry designers.”
Among the featured designers were Mimi So, who used natural, unrefined sapphires to create Portofino-inspired, deep-aquamarine-colored wares (above, top left); Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost (above, top right), who told us, “Our S/S collection is inspired by the Sofia Coppola-[directed] Marie Antoinette movie. The collection is so girly, but it also has a little bit of punk with a neon twist.”; and Mish Tworkowski of Mish (above, bottom right). “These are really wonderful, rare special stones—and baroque pearls and gold cuffs in yellow gold with brown diamonds,” said the latter of his new pieces.
Simon Alcantara (above, bottom left), a CFDA jewelry member, teamed up with jewelry consultant Talya Cousins to spearhead the initiative. “These are people I’ve known for years,” said Alcantara of his fellow presenting members. “We help and support each other. I feel like together we’re a strong team. And the jewelry membership—I just recently realized—is like 25 percent of the CFDA and growing. So it’s the right time.”