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The Council of Fashion Designers of America has decided to leave its offices in New York’s Garment District for more space farther downtown. The move has some designers questioning the group’s commitment to the Midtown neighborhood, which has seen declining occupancy by actual producers of clothing over the past few decades.
Just when there was a glimmer of hope for the international Fashion Week calendar to get straightened out, the French fashion authority has announced that it cannot comply with the tentative plan drawn up by its counterparts in Italy, England and the United States.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America doesn’t want to compromise its own designers to find a solution to the international fashion week scheduling conflict. Which is why it has rejected a proposal from the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana that would shorten New York Fashion Week by one day.
Italian fashion authorities have more or less agreed to Diane von Furstenberg‘s long-term fashion week scheduling plan, but with two conditions — one of which would shrink New York Fashion Week from eight days to seven.
Well, this is uncomfortable. The Italian Chamber of Fashion said today it will not reschedule Milan Fashion Week for the spring 2013 season, even though a scheduling conflict means it will overlap with the spring shows in both New York and London.
Designers presenting at New York Fashion Week are being advised strongly to card models in an effort to comply with the CFDA’s recommended age limit, which says girls under 16 shouldn’t walk in major shows. So within the next week, a bunch of 15-year-old models are going to be on the hunt for fake IDs.
Speaking of intellectual property and all that, the Council of Fashion Designers of America have issued a design manifesto. We dig it!
Tell your boyfriends to watch their wardrobes: The second class of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s fashion incubator program aren’t all designing cocktail frocks and chic gowns. For the most part, this class is concerned with bringing menswear up to snuff. And as they were hand selected by the CFDA, we have no choice but to believe that American fashion establishment is taking some time to focus on the guys.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America welcomed 33 new members this week! Congrats, newbies!
Catwalk Justice is our weekly column on the week in fashion law, courtesy Charles Colman of Charles Colman Law, PLLC and LAW OF FASHION. This week we learn that you can, in fact, fake fashion, how to get your expensive engagement ring back and how many lawyers it takes to keep Lindsay Lohan out of trouble.
Tonight’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards will be the glitziest event in fashion for a long time coming, but the glamour of the red carpet doesn’t mask a pretty ugly issue: only two of this year’s 19 nominated brands are run by women.
Anderson Cooper — that serious journalist guy who barely has time for fashion shows between shimmying into annoyingly small t-shirts and pulling children out of harm’s way — has been asked to face a different kind of battlefield for his most recent assignment: hosting the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.
Lots of brands and individuals in the fashion industry have been quick to find ways to donate money to the people and institutions still reeling from the tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan last month. But strength lies in numbers, which is why we’re especially excited by the way members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America have banded together to auction off over 100 fashion-filled lots and prizes, like front row seats at fashion shows and meetings with some of our favorite designers. All of the proceeds will go to benefit The Japan Society, and we’ve included some of our favorite lots in this post. The auction started on Charity Buzz yesterday and will close on April 28th. Which lots are you bidding on?
The nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America‘s 2011 awards ceremony are set, and the list is more or less a roster of the coolest kids working in the industry. And when we say kids, we mean kids. Because for the most part, this year’s nominees are pretty young. Also: Lady Gaga was nominated!
We know, we know — we can’t believe we’re still talking about the brouhaha over Michelle Obama‘s non-American state dinner dress, either, but here we are. Designer Diane von Furstenberg was among the leaders of the wave of public outcry against the red Alexander McQueen dress Obama wore at the state dinner for China last month. And while she told Tina Brown at a Daily Beast-sponsored breakfast Friday that she was embarrassed about how much debate her negative comments (sponsored by the CFDA, no less) created, she didn’t even come close to apologizing for them.
If there was ever any doubt that First Lady Michelle Obama is an incredibly important player in the American fashion industry, the fact that the Council of Fashion Designers of America released an official statement about one of her outfits should clear it up.
Celebrating America’s independence today? Be sure to celebrate our nation’s greatest moment in true American style.
On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will award the super gorgeous supermodel Iman with its Fashion Icon award. And we can’t think of anyone who’s more deserving.