33 posts tagged "Steven Kolb"
“We went to the Great Wall and rode down the toboggan twice!” exclaimed Marchesa designer Keren Craig during a party that Chinese retail impresarios Silas Chou and his daughter, Veronica Chou, hosted at their Beijing residence on Friday. While her design partner—Georgina Chapman—was absent, Craig was joined by Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, and Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, all of whom had traveled to the Far East as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s Americans in China initiative. Launched in 2012, the program aims to introduce a cross section of American design to the buoyant Chinese market.
Earlier in the day, the trio of U.S. brands presented their Fall ’13 ranges at the restored Ming Dynasty City Wall in the heart of old Beijing. Each collection was reassembled on a coterie of Chinese models, including Liu Wen, Xiao Wen, and Ming Xi.
“These designers represent the diversity of American fashion, from contemporary wear to high fashion and the red carpet,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “For all of us, China is this great unknown market,” he added, noting that over the next five years, the CFDA will expand its global programming. Continue Reading “Toasting American Fashion in Beijing” »
The CFDA just got a little—well, actually, significantly—bigger. Today, the Council of Fashion Designers of America named 32 new members, including Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (above), who won the 2013 Swarovski Award for Womenswear, Jennifer Meyer, Todd Snyder, Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer, Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero, and more. “Acceptance into the CFDA family is validation of a designer’s talent and it is an opportunity to access the many offerings and programs provided by the organization,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb told WWD. The council, which hosted its 2013 awards bash last week, is now up to a whopping 454 members.
Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles invited Derek Lam, Rachel Roy, Steven Kolb, Barneys’ Mark Lee and Daniela Vitale, and about fifty other fashion insiders to lunch in the Hearst Tower to meet New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn yesterday. By way of introduction, Coles earned a few laughs when she said, “I’d like to tell you what Christine would do as mayor, or rather, what she wouldn’t do. She would never take a picture of her crotch and send it to someone in the Midwest whom she’s never met, and then blame her computer for being hacked. I just want you to be reassured that that is not something Christine would do.” The Cosmo chief, of course, was referring to Anthony Weiner, the scandalized former congressman, who is testing the waters for a mayoral run of his own. During a long question-and-answer period, Quinn was quick to repeat an earlier statement that “whatever the next decision is for Congress member Weiner and his family, it’s a decision that they’ll have to make together, and I wish them well whatever decision they make,” and to point out that none of her rivals have the credentials that she does.
“It’s easy to criticize and issue press releases,” she said. “It’s much harder to deliver tangible results. If you look at my record, whether that’s working with the Brooklyn Navy Yard to bring more manufacturing jobs during the recession, or passing more legislation than any other City Council has to protect New York City’s tenants, or whether it’s working with the mayor to create the most comprehensive network of incubators to facilitate jobs in all different sectors, or passing the most comprehensive green building code of any city in America, I have a record of results that none of my opponents can touch.”
Quinn touched on topics such as crime reduction, the expansion of affordable housing, tourism, and public education, as well as the city’s first Design Week, scheduled for next month. “In all five boroughs, we’ll highlight 40,000-plus designers of all types,” she said. “We’re doing it, one, to say that we’re better than anywhere else, let me be perfectly clear; two, to thank the design industry; and three, hopefully to bring more attention to it, so we can bring more jobs to it.” She also got into the nitty-gritty about the Garment Center, a subject close to her audience’s heart, suggesting her Small Manufacturing Incentive Fund model might be a good fit.
As for what Quinn wore, she said, “A New York designer, Elie Tahari, an Alexis Bittar bracelet, David Yurman necklace, and earrings I bought in Sag Harbor from a guy named Lee.”
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.
As New York fashion week drew to a close yesterday, the digital world descended upon Lincoln Center for the first-ever Decoded Fashion Forum to discuss innovation in fashion and technology. Featuring tech and fashion titans alike, the panel included designer Zac Posen, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, and Rebecca Minkoff CEO Uri Minkoff, each of whom discussed the benefits and challenges of business in a digital age. Among the topics: redefining e-commerce, forecasting trends online, and the power of social media. “We live in a voyeuristic culture where communication is king,” said Posen, who counts over 130,000 followers on Instagram. “The ability to get a visceral reaction from the customer during the creative process is thrilling and satisfying.” Model and panelist Coco Rocha, who has amassed over one million followers on Google+, waxed poetic over the importance of staying genuine. “I don’t have some PR company posting my photos,” she told moderator and Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive. “It’s very personal.” (The star of The Face also admitted to her new e-obsession: Vine, an app that allows users to share personal videos. “I’m practically the only model on there, so you all have no choice but to follow me,” she instructed the audience of bloggers and digital-media types.)
The CFDA’s Steven Kolb, Gilt Groupe’s chairman Susan Lyne, and our own editor in chief, Dirk Standen, were also on hand to judge the forum’s first annual Hackathon. (Launched earlier this month, the competition challenged five hundred applicants to create an original app that supports the global growth of American fashion). After the five finalists debuted brief presentations to master of ceremonies Candy Pratts Price, the judges awarded first prize to SWATCHit, a peer-to-peer platform connecting global designers with emerging-market artisans and overseas producers. The winnings? A $10,000 prize and an opportunity to have the app launched by the CFDA. “Everyone is looking for the next best answer in closing the loophole between fashion and technology,” said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who co-founded the forum with Liz Bacelar. “To anchor fashion week with an event that brings together all these talented people from different worlds is critical to the industry. This is the wave of the future.”