NEW YORK — At its recent board meeting, the Council of Fashion Designers of America unanimously voted to extend Diane von Furstenberg’s term as president through 2016, and ratified the addition of 30 designers to the membership.
They are Tim Coppens; Carlos Campos; Jonathan Simkhai; Marc Alary; Paige Novick; Johnny Talbot of Talbot Runhof; Edun’s Danielle Sherman; Veronica Beard’s Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard; Liya Kebede of Lemlem; Kristy Caylor of Maiyet; Whit’s Whitney Pozgay; Linda Balti of Amour Vert; Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein; Raan Parton and Shea Parton of Apolis; Ashley Pittman; Ben Burkman and Doug Burkman of Burkman Bros.; Selima Design’s Virginie Promeyrat; Clare Vivier; Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi of L.A. Eyeworks; Ernest Sabine of Ernest Alexander; Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman; Jussara Lee; Ulla Johnson; Ruthie Davis; Cynthia Sakai of Vita Fede, and Sharon Khazzam.
The additions bring the CFDA’s membership to 478. Kenneth Cole will fete the 30 designers at his home this fall.
“These designers are not just uniquely talented, but they also represent, through their businesses, an important contribution to the American economy and job creation,” said CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb.
Of von Furstenberg, who became president of the organization in 2006, Kolb added: “The board’s unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is a testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership.
“An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organizational development.”
During her tenure, von Furstenberg significantly grew the CFDA membership, which, at the start of 2006, was at 271. She also upped the organization’s networking potential by launching the Business Services Network in 2007, and focused on important industry issues such as the need to protect original design and fight counterfeits, and the well-being of models via the Health Initiative, which she reinforces each fashion week season.