NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America didn’t only elect Diane von Furstenberg as its new president at Monday’s board meeting — the 26 board members also approved the addition of 18 designers to the organization.

In women’s wear, the CFDA is inducting Nata­lie Chanin of Project Alabama; Esteban Cortazar; Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Cos­tello Tagliapietra; Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos of Lutz & Patmos; David Meister, and George Sharp of Ellen Tracy. In men’s wear, new CFDA members are Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown.

Also being inducted are Cindy Greene and Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Istvan Francer of Theory, and Jeff Halmos, Sam Shipley and John Whitledge of Trovata who design both women’s and men’s wear. In accessories, handbag designer Devi Kroell and jewelry creator Nicholas Varney are new members.

This year’s inductees “feel that they represent the great diversity of American fashion today,” CFDA executive director Steven Kolb said in a statement.

“We know that the membership and goals of our organization will be substantially enriched by their vitality, creativity and ongoing contribution to our industry.”

The new members will be welcomed at an invitation-only cocktail party at Arnold Scaasi’s Manhattan home on Aug. 16.

This story first appeared in the July 19, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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