Today, the initial lineup of speakers has been announced for the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion conference. Newly appointed chairman of the CFDA …
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Over the summer, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judge Eva Chen shared an Instagram photo of her fellow judges as they began to deliberate who would …
Invited by the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, the two-night trip was a launch for its program Future Fashion Now. The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is rooted in the urgency to better coordinate sustainable fashion efforts as they fit with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN flew him and a cadre of other young designers to Nairobi, where he gave a talk, explored local secondhand markets and went on a safari. The markets were packed with essentially the effects of what happens to our stuff when we no longer want it.Taking out his smartphone to illustrate that point, Preston reeled through photos of a room stacked to the rafters with compressed bales of secondhand clothes.So flooded with secondhand goods, the markets have more than they can sell, Preston said.Then that really affects the local designers and markets there. It’s harder for them to thrive because of all this stuff that we’re sending, he said.It’s crazy just clothes, bras, athleticwear, jerseys. There’s a documentary about it.
We think we’re donating clothes, and it gets sold off by the weight in bales and bales. There’s a bunch of stuff that isn’t even used.Another photo shoot by Preston showed a man unstuffing a pile of teddy bears to reuse the cotton. They’re just breaking things down and using it for different purposes, he said.Preston was at The Whitby in New York to reconnect with Fashion 4 Development’s senior adviser sourcing and innovation Jeanine Ballone, who was on the Nairobi trip, and to meet the group’s founder Evie Evangelou.The designer, a contender for the CFDA’s Emerging Designer of the Year award, said his interest in sustainability started out with a zero-waste collaboration with New York Citys Department of Sanitation repurposing 9,000 old uniforms.
That sparked this curiosity and challenge to do better in fashion. From there, I really learned and discovered how damaging the textiles and apparel industries were.
I had no idea. And I had no idea that I was part of that problem as a designer.An apprenticeship with Eileen Fisher had helped to set him on his way, repurposing a tarp that he had hung in his showroom with an Eileen Fisher quote before he met her into camera bags. His latest earth-friendly project is Jump, items made from military grade decommissioned parachutes, which launches next month.
During his UN-sponsored trip to Nairobi, he presented some of those designs. Preston has switched his cotton sourcing and is now using only organic certified cotton, and is looking to use other environmentally preferred materials.Preston buzzed by Germany to visit Rimowa and tour the factory, getting a closer look at the machinery that is used to make Porsches and airplanes. It was million dollar heavy-duty engineering that just goes into aluminum luggage, he said.They started back in the 1800s making leather luggage. The factory had a fire and the only thing that survived was the aluminum.It’s beautiful luggage as well all handmade, weather-resistant, super, super airtight glue, nice design. On Monday, he is off to Hong Kong for the city’s Art Basel where he will DJ for David Zwirners gallery.The trip east will give Preston the chance to stop by his Hong Kong store in Causeway Bay. He shrugged off his resilience to transcontinental travel.
Ralph Toledano, Gary F. Simmons, Andrea Illy, Guillaume de Seynes and Michael Ward are some of the names that are at the front line of the largest ,Simmons, Andrea Illy, Guillaume de Seynes and Michael Ward are some of the names that are at the front line of the largest associations in the fashion industry all over the world.
Now the list has just added a new name: Tom Ford, new president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Ford takes over Diane von Fustenberg’s position, who left office after thirteen years as head of the organization.All countries that have a solid fashion industry have its own fashion association, which is responsible for the representation and defense of the sector, lobbying and organizing, in most cases, the fashion weeks of each country. The association structure of each market is, in turn, a reflection of the history and the current scenario of fashion in each country: from haute couture in France to retail in the United States.
Founded in 1962 by Eleanor Lambert, the CFDA was born with the aim of intensifying the impact of US fashion in the global economy. The association represents more than five hundred fashion brands of the North American country specialized in womenswear, menswear or accessories.
In addition to organizing its annual awards that recognize the talent in the sector, the CFDA is also owner of the Fashion Calendar and organizes the New York Men’s Fashion Week. Sydney Wragge, Norman Norell, Oscar de la Renta, Herbert Kaspwer, Mary McFadden, Perry Ellis, Carolyne Roehm, Stan Herman and Diane von Fustenberg, who just passed the baton to Tom Ford, are all the names that have gone through the presidency of CFDA since its inception.Tom Ford, current president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).The rest of the board of directors of the CFDA consists of Michael Kors, Marcus Wainwright (rag bone), Mimi So (responsible for the namesake brand) and Vera Wang.Among the members of the association committee are designers and entrepreneurs such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Ashley Olsen and Georgina Chapman.Another of the major fashion groups in the United States are the American ApparelFootwear Association (AAFA), which helps companies to navigate the complex regulatory environment and reduce costs, and the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which operates with the aim of removing the tariff and non-tariff barriers that prevent the fashion industry to freely trade and create employment.
Both have among their members companies such as VF, Under Armour, PVH, Levi Strauss or American Eagle.Besides, in the United States there are other large associations that gather retail companies and have a great amount of fashion groups.That is the case of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).Ralph Toledano, president of the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.France has one of the earliest associations in the sector: the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, created in 1973, but whose origins go back to the oldChambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne, which was created in 1868.The organization currently includes three unions that manage the different areas of the sector: the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine and the Chambre Syndicale du Prt–Porter des Couturiers et des Crateurs de Mode.
The organization, which has more than one hundred members, is in charge of fostering the creation and international development of its members.At the head of the federation is Ralph Toledano, a historical manager of the sector who, during his career, has led companies such as Chlo, Guy Laroche and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as the fashion division of Puig.Currently, he is chairman of the board of Victoria Beckham.The rest of the members of the board of the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode are other heavyweights of the fashion industry: Francesca Bellini, president and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent; Guillaume de Seynes, vice president of Herms; Bruno Pavlovshy, president of the Chanel fashion division; Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group and Pascal Morand, executive president of the organization.
Stephane Phair, president of the British Fashion Council.The United Kingdom also has an association dedicated to protecting the interests of fashion companies in the country, the British Fashion Council, which defines itself as an organization committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy.The head of the British Fashion Council is Stephanie Phair, director of strategy at Farfetch, who replaced Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter. Communications specialist Caroline Rush, designer Anya Hindmarch, journalist Dylan Jones and businessman David Pemsel are the other members of the management committee of the British institution.
In Italy, the association of the sector is Sistema Moda Italia, which is part of Confindustria.The organization is chaired by Mario Vago, co-owner of the eponymous company specialized in dying and spinning.The cluster was born in 2017 with the objective of boosting Italian fashion brands and bringing together all members of the textile, footwear, accessories, optics, leather, gold, furniture and decoration sectors to reinforce the signature made in Italy.Christiane Arp, president of the Fashion Council Germany.
In Germany, meanwhile, launched in 2015 the Fashion Council Germany, founded with the aim of fostering and establishing German fashion as a cultural and economic asset following the footsteps of similar organizations in the United Kingdom and France. Christiane Arp, editor-in-chief of Vogue Germany, chairs the organization.The guardians’ of luxuryHigh-end fashion, on the other hand, has its own associations, focused on the preservation of the interests of the luxury industry. The largest of these is the Colbert Committee, created in 1954 by Jean-Jacques Guerlain to group the cultural institutions and luxury brands in France.
The association has 81 members from sectors such as fashion, gastronomy or the decorative arts. At the head of the Colbert Committee is Guillaume de Seynes, vice president of Herms.
In Italy, its counterpart is the Altagamma foundation, launched in 1992 and which currently has more than 120 members. Its current president is Andrea Illy, of Illy Caff, and its honorary president is Leonardo Ferragamo.The luxury business also has its own association in the United Kingdom, Walpole, founded in 1992 and which has more than 210 British brands among its members. The association is chaired by Michael Ward, CEO of Harrods.Spain also has its own luxuryassociations, Crculo Fortuny, chaired by Carlos Falc. The association, which is part of the European group of luxury associations together with the previous three, has almost 40 members, of which 6 are fashion companies.
Two years after the designer Philipp Plein tried (and failed) to "make New York Fashion Week great again," the CFDA's jewel did it all on its own.
(Except sarcastically.) Besides, I'd rather take a moment to discuss the big fashion news this week, which was all coming from the CFDA. On Tuesday …
NEW YORK, United States — Tom Ford has been voted chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), succeeding Diane von …
Tom Ford, fashion designer, movie director, and as of today, the incoming chairman of the CFDA, is on the line from Los Angeles. He's nursing a cold, …
Rev. Al Sharpton sits down with CFDA CEO/President Steven Kolb to discuss the past couple racist fashion faux pas that have been made by some of …
Just before the start of New York Fashion Week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) published an open letter to designers: “As you …