TO YOUR HEALTH: On the cusp of New York Fashion Week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb are reminding the parties-who-be of the importance of enlisting healthy models, who are at least 16 years old. As designers, stylists, agents and other key industry figures are busy preparing for their upcoming shows, they were e-mailed the CFDA Health Initiative letter to help keep everything in sync. In the eight years since the Health Initiative was launched, the organization’s leaders noted they have seen “great acceptance of the guidelines,” reminding everyone of them and to adhere to them. The program was started in 2007 to address “a global fashion issue: the overwhelming concern about whether some models are unhealthily thin, and whether or not to impose restrictions in such cases.”
Von Furstenberg and Kolb also reinforced the fact that the CFDA supports the New York State Legislature law that requires that all models under 18 must be treated as child performers. Recipients were reminded to adhere to labor laws. They also provided a link to a three-page guide of specific rules prepared by The Fashion Law Institute’s Susan Scafidi.
Before signing off, the CFDA’s leading duo added, “And, of course, let’s remember that American fashion champions diversity. At the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July, we were very excited to see so much diversity on the runway….Let’s collectively do the right thing and set an example.”