34 posts tagged "Steven Kolb"
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.”
NYFW just got techy. Last week, the world’s first Fashion Hackathon united developers, designers and entrepreneurs with insider knowledge of the fashion industry. The intent was for these individuals in the know to come up with an app that could support the global growth of American fashion. Today at the Decoded Fashion Forum, the five best teams of fash-app innovators will be judged on their work by leaders like the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, designer Zac Posen, Gilt Groupe’s Chairman Susan Lyne, Rebecca Minkoff’S CEO Uri Minkoff, and Style.com’s own Dirk Standen. Tune in to today’s live panel from 10 through 2 p.m. to learn how we can tackle challenges in the fashion industry through technology, and, of course, to see who wins the Hackathon.
The fashion-show season—which starts with menswear in early January and runs through March, when the last womenswear collections leave the Paris runways—is indeed a marathon. And, according to an article in WWD today, it may get a little bit longer. Steven Kolb revealed that the CFDA has been discussing the possibility of tacking a New York men’s week onto the calendar in 2014 (now that London’s launched its Collections: Men, NYC is the last fashion capital without a week for the gents). It is arguable that the shows would help menswear sales (the men’s buying schedule is different than the women’s, and showing during NYFW in February, as they do now, can be a setback). However, some, like Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown (a look from his Spring ’13 collection is pictured, left) and Ralph Lauren, are skeptical that a New York men’s week could compete on the international calendar. Doug Jakubowski of Perry Ellis went so far as to say it was “unreasonable.” Even so, there’s always the philosophy that if you build it, they will come…
From Kate Upton’s curves (left), which are flaunted and lauded on the cover of British Vogue this month, to the controversy surrounding Karlie Kloss’s photoshopped ribs in the October 2012 issue of Numero, models’ weight is once again (or should that be “as always”?) a hot topic. Today’s Wall Street Journal features a story about Israel’s new law, which will both ban models with a BMI of less than 18.5 and require magazines to reveal whether models have been photoshopped to look thinner. The story also notes that the CFDA has not tried to implement such regulations, although they did create a health initiative in 2007 and, according to CEO Steven Kolb, continue to promote education and awareness about eating disorders. Fashion shows in Madrid and Milan have, like Israel, imposed a ban on models with BMIs under 18 and 18.5, respectively. But these guidelines are difficult to adhere to and gray areas exist even within the hard-and-fast measurements. In the same vein, Refinery 29 reported today, with some optimism, that a Plus-Size Fashion Weekend will take place in London during the upcoming women’s collections. However, the piece also recalls when, during his Spring ’09 and Fall ’10 shows, Mark Fast put plus-size models (like Crystal Renn, who, by human standards, is hardly plus size at all) in ill-fitting garments on his runway. With the exception of a guest appearance from Laura Catterall during his Fall ’11 show, curvy catwalkers haven’t been featured on Fast’s runway since.
Details hosted a cocktail party at Norwood Club last night to launch its latest menswear collaboration with the CFDA: a series of limited-edition pocket squares from ten different designers. The collection features styles like an autographed Marc Jacobs square (right), Thom Browne’s signature red, white, and blue (center), a weathered American flag look by John Varvatos (left) and a black and white rose print from Richard Chai. “Mine was inspired by punk, the street,” said Chai. “And they’re all screen-printed by hand.” The small batches produced—only ten of each style—launch exclusively on Bonobos.com today. And at $100 a pop, all proceeds will benefit the CFDA Foundation. Why pocket squares? “It’s an easy place to start; you can wear one without looking too over-the-top,” Details editor Dan Peres told Style.com. Although he confessed to never having worn a pocket square in his life, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb forecasted a new trend. “Guys are into pocket squares. They’re the new skinny tie!”