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CFDA HONORS RACHEL ZOE: The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Refinery29 and Neiman Marcus launched their Spotlight series in Los Angeles Wednesday night honoring Rachel Zoe. CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb, Refinery29 editor in chief Christene Barberich and Neiman’s fashion director Ken Downing hosted the dinner at Terrine that drew designers Greg Chait, Jennifer Meyer, Claire Vivier, Emily Current and Merritt Elliott, Rosetta Getty, Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy and Louis Leeman along with actresses Grace Gummer, Sara Foster and Rebecca Gayheart. “This series puts a spotlight on successful women who entered the business with non-traditional backgrounds. The message that you can succeed regardless of your training is a positive one that we hope will resonate with the Refinery audience,” said Kolb, noting the new partnership with the media company, which he hopes will garner a younger audience for the CFDA. The next Spotlight series will take place in New York in June honoring Tabitha Simmons. Kolb was also busy checking out the Los Angeles manufacturing scene, with visits to BCBG, Simon Miller, Nasty Gal and Reformation. “We’re looking at ways to do an event here that contributes industry knowledge and rallies support from the city,” he said. CFDA is also looking to develop recruitment programs with local universities to funnel top MBA talent into apparel companies. As for Zoe, who just launched her version of a subscription box called Box of Style, she’s gearing up for her third book, which she said will fuse fashion and service. It’s been great having second and third careers doing something new from the ground up,” she said.

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