94 posts tagged "CFDA"
Donna Karan has a special place in her heart for Haiti. After an earthquake devastated the country in 2010, Karan focused the efforts of Urban Zen—a foundation she founded in 2007 that aims to raise awareness, inspire change, preserve culture, and empower children—on Haiti. “In my travels throughout Haiti, I realized that the solution for rebuilding the country could be found in the inherent creativity of the people,” Karan told Style.com. This concept is at the core of her latest project, Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts. In partnership with eBay and the CFDA, Karan’s Urban Zen enlisted almost 150 CFDA designers to adorn and customize papier-mâché hearts—each of which was crafted by Haitian artist Magali Dresse.
Prabal Gurung jumped at the chance to help and designed hearts using fabric from his Fall ’13 collection. “[My Fall] inspiration was female empowerment, which I felt was appropriate to this cause,” said Gurung. Maria Cornejo wanted to make something “warm and textured,” and covered her hearts in red pony skin and stretch leather. Meanwhile, Pamela Love explained that her heart is meant to represent the third eye. Along with brands like Calvin Klein, Band of Outsiders, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodriguez (just to name a few), Karan created a slew of hearts, too. One series captures the youthful spirit of DKNY, one is for Urban Zen (“They represent my nomadic side,” said Karan), and one is for the Donna Karan line—we have to say, these are particularly adorable. “These are an expression of the feminine,” Karan told us. “They’re a beautiful, sensual woman’s heart.” All of the one-off objets d’hearts will be put up for auction on eBay, from April 22 through May 2. All proceeds will benefit Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs and vocational education, as well as highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.
Reece Hudson, the New York-based handbag and accessories label founded by Reece Solomon and her business partner, Max Stein, in 2009, is on a roll. The brand has experienced some serious success since it earned a coveted spot in the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program in 2011. Evidence? Spring 2013 saw the range launch in major retailers like Barneys New York and Shopbop.com. In an effort to meet bigger orders and up its leather quality, the brand has, for the past two seasons, been manufacturing its clever clutches, totes, and satchels in Italy. And the duo has even begun to conquer key international markets—come Fall ’13, it will land in China and Russia. Today, Solomon and Stein (who are actually just back from a CFDA/W Hotels-sponsored inspiration trip in Istanbul), announced the debut of Reece Hudson’s new Web site, which marks the brand’s first foray into e-commerce. “We only do two collections per year, so stores are selling out of things in thirty or forty-five days, and then there’s nothing available,” said Stein, explaining that he and Solomon hope the e-commerce portion of their Web site (which will be accessible to clients worldwide) will help fill the ’tween-season gap. The new online destination will also offer special pieces that aren’t often available at larger retailers.
In addition to e-shopping, Reece Hudson’s virtual home features fashion films, behind-the-scenes snaps, a full collections archive, and more. “One thing we’ve been working on a lot with our mentors since being in the Incubator is building a defined brand image,” said Solomon. The Web site, which the designer describes as “simple and clean,” is the pair’s next step in expanding and defining the growing label. Check out the brand’s new online digs at reecehudson.com.
Despite last night’s spontaneous blizzard, designers and fashion fixtures headed to Finale NYC to fête the launch of eBay and the CFDA’s 2013 You Can’t Fake Fashion tote collection. Marking the pair’s third collaborative effort to fight counterfeits and support authentic design, the new range features 90 one-of-a-kind canvas tote bags that have been customized by designers like Prabal Gurung (above, center), Pamela Love, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg (above, right), and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy (above, left). The designer-embellished bags are available for purchase via eBay auction through March 25 for a starting price of $100. The initiative is also offering a new standard tote for a “buy it now” price of $50. Proceeds will go toward combating fakes.
“As artists, we work so hard to create something, and then it gets knocked off,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “This is a great platform to ensure authenticity.” Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs concurs, and suggested that there’s security in knowing her and her design partner Michelle Ochs’ work is protected. “The CFDA has a voice that brings everyone together to preserve design integrity,” she said.
In addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Costello, Robert Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais turned up to rally for the cause. And, according to Morais, they have a particularly special relationship with eBay. “We’re always using the site as a reference point. Right now it’s all about the 1920s and the hunt for the perfect embroidered dress.” We’re sensing a Jazz Age vibe for the team’s Spring ’14.