When Diane von Furstenberg took over the presidency of the Council of Fashion Designers of America last October, her plans included expanding the organization's membership. She appears to be on the way to reaching that goal.
NEW YORK — When Diane von Furstenberg took over the presidency of the Council of Fashion Designers of America last October, her plans included expanding the organization's membership. She appears to be on the way to reaching that goal.
After receiving the largest number of applicants in the CFDA's 45-year history, the CFDA board accepted 30 new designers as members at a meeting on Tuesday, bringing total membership to 319.
In women's wear, the new members are Richard Chai, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, Tory Burch, Victoria Bartlett of VPL, Rachel Roy, Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Andreas Melbostad for Phi, Laura Poretzky for Abaeté, Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, Michelle Smith for Milly, Paul Sinclaire for Tevrow+Chase, Wenlan Chia for Twinkle by Wenlan, Mary Ping, and Jean Yu of Jean Yu design Studio. In men's wear, Keanan Duffy for Slinky Vagabond and Henry Jacobson are joining the CFDA.
Also inducted were designers of both women's and men's wear: Pina Ferlisi for Generra, Michael Ball of Rock & Republic, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Adam Lippes for adampluseve and James Perse.
In accessories, the new members are Monika Botkier of Botkier handbags and Jessie Randall for Loeffler Randall. In jewelry, they are Mimi So, Michael Spirito for Exhibitionist and Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry.
Executive director Steven Kolb said in a statement that this year's large number of applications "speaks to the quality and talent of American fashion as well as to the current growth of the CFDA as a community."
Von Furstenberg and the CFDA board will honor the new members at an invitation-only party at the DVF Studio on July 30.
“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