NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America continues to develop its health initiative, with several new features to bow during fashion week.
Where each fashion capital conceived different solutions to the ongoing issue of ultrathin models, from requiring doctors’ certificates to a minimum body mass index, the CFDA created a set of recommended guidelines to promote health and beauty — which garnered the organization some criticism for not going far enough in its efforts to deal with the issues.
Prior to fashion week, CFDA once again sent letters to designers, model agents, casting directors and stylists to remind them of the suggested guidelines.
During this round of shows, the CFDA is setting up health initiative booths at the Bryant Park tents, inside the lobby of IMG’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and backstage. In partnership with the Renfrew Center, a residential treatment facility for eating disorders, the booths will offer information on the guidelines, as well as an informational brochure on eating disorders, the signs and symptoms.
“In partnership with the Renfrew Center, we will have a clinician on site who is going to be there to answer specific questions, provide referrals and basically perform overall outreach to any person who might be interested in treatment or may be worried about someone they are working with,” said Steven Kolb, executive director of the CFDA.
In addition, people can sign a proclamation of support for the guidelines at the booths. The signature drive was kicked off in June at an event featuring speakers Michael Kors, Coco Rocha and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg. Since then, the list of signatures has grown to about 300, and includes Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Derek Lam and Carolina Herrera, as well as several editors, agents and models.
Kolb said the initiative has been supported by companies and institutions such as IMG Fashion, the Renfrew Center, Condé Nast Publications, the Tharanco Group and, most recently, Talbots.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast