NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America is evolving its health initiative this season with a special collection of designer items.
On the initiative’s second anniversary, the CFDA turned to some of its members to create a limited edition line, each featuring the tag line “Health is Beauty.” Among the designs is a T-shirt by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg for $20; a Michael Kors tote for $25; a Donna Karan yoga mat by Yogamatic for $40; a Patrick Robinson for Gap cosmetic case for $15 (or $25 for two), and a Talbots scarf for $30.
“We were somewhat inspired by the Obama Runway for Change collection and how designers got involved in that,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb. “We wanted to continue down that road of awareness and education, and we felt a small collection that used our tag line ‘Health is Beauty’ would help us reach people who come to the tents.”
The items will be available at a Calvin Klein Inc.-designed booth at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park, and their sale will benefit the CFDA Foundation and the health initiative.
“I feel validated that the choices we made two years ago not to require Body Mass Index (BMI), doctors or a health certificate, and make it about education and awareness really resonated,” Kolb said. “There has definitely been a change.”
Talbots will highlight the program by dedicating the windows of its Madison Avenue flagship to the cause from Friday through Feb. 28.
In other CFDA news, the organization has established the Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship Award, funded by a $1 million gift from the late Liz Claiborne’s husband and business partner, Art Ortenberg. A curriculum for colleges and universities has been designed to challenge students to reinterpret Claiborne’s concept of creating clothes that “fit the way women live.” The $25,000 merit-based scholarship will go to a full-time, senior-level women’s wear design student. In April, the CFDA will invite leading fashion colleges and universities to participate, with submissions due at the end of October and the winner revealed in November. Applicants must submit a fall 2010 or spring 2011 collection of related American sportswear separates based on Liz Claiborne’s core design principles. Ortenberg and Claiborne’s friends and associates Dana Buchman, Ellen Daniel and Van Lupu created the scholarship’s guidelines and criteria.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)