NEW YORK — Diane von Furstenberg will continue in her role as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. At a CFDA board meeting Wednesday, the designer was unanimously reelected for a second two-year term. Prior to von Furstenberg’s election two years ago, a president could serve as long as they wanted, and the designer became president after Stan Herman held that post for 16 years. The rules have since changed, and each president
can only serve a maximum of four years. At the meeting, the board also ratifi ed 28 new members to the CFDA. They are Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava; Brian Reyes; Thakoon Panichgul of Thakoon; Holly Dunlap of Hollywould; Jenni Kayne; Naeem Khan; Sue Stemp; Philip Crangi; Robin Renzi of Me & Ro; Ron Anderson and David Rees of Tenthousandthings; Loree Rodkin; Dana Foley and Anna Corinna Sellinger of Foley + Corinna; Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders; Amy Smilovic of Tibi; Michael Bastian; Andrew Buckler of Buckler; Rachel Comey; Erica Davies of Development; Cheryl Finnegan of Virgin, Saints & Angels; Eunice Lee of Unis; Fiona Kotur Marin of Kotur; Malia Mills of Malia Mills Swimwear; Sandra Muller of Lila Gems; Kara Ross, and Araks Yeramyan of Araks. Elie Tahari and his wife, Rory, plan to welcome the new members to the CFDA at a cocktail reception at their SoHo home on Oct. 21. The event is expected to draw a mix of existing CFDA members, retailers and editors, as well as the newly minted second-term president. “It’s nice because I feel like I have started a few things and haven’t had time to finish them up,” von Furstenberg said. “I am looking forward to putting in another two-and-a-half years and leave my mark. I feel like I have opened it more as a community. It’s more inclusive, and we have many new members. I think the CFDA has had much more exposure outside of, and in the rest of, the country, and that’s definitely something I want to focus on, as well as the copyright issue, and I have a long way to go there.” Steven Kolb, the organization’s executive director, echoed those sentiments. “Not only did [von Furstenberg] bring international visibility to the CFDA and a genuine desire to create a stronger community of designers, she also proved to be so accessible and hands-on in everything she does for the CFDA,” he said. “I never imagined she could give as much time and resources as she does, so it was a no-brainer to the board to unanimously reelect her for a second term.”
This story first appeared in the July 31, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.