Where’s The Money I Gave to Haiti?!

Via Tweetphoto (@toryburch)

Donated money to Haiti? Wondering what’s happening with it?

At least one organization is putting its money where its mouth is.

This evening, the Council of Fashion Designers of America handed over $1 million to President Bill Clinton.

Diane von Furstenberg noted just how super-excited she was about the occasion on Twitter.

Tory Burch also shared the moment with her followers.

In January, the CFDA created needed awareness about Haiti’s plight with the launch of their “Fashion for Haiti” T-shirt.


31 Rising Fashion Design Icons Make Cut

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Board of Directors has added 31 new designers to its membership.

The list was ratified on July 14 and publicly released on the Council’s web site today.

Among the new privileged group are some well known names.

Lorraine Schwartz, jewelry designer, perhaps further popularized by an envied mention on a Jay-Z record, makes the cut.

The Council also welcomes Jason Wu, who caught the First Lady’s attention and set the fashion world abuzz during Inauguration festivities.

The Olsen twins for their ELIZABETH & JAMES, and THE ROW, earn a place among the chosen few, with the CFDA release also noting their business’ expansion to include menswear–a project which will debut in the Fall.

Erin Fetherston, selected to design a Go International line for Target in 2007, Alexander Wang, and Marcella and Johan Lindeberg of William Rast fame, are other names which jump off the page.

The full list reads

Continue reading

Stop Fashion Piracy!



Design piracy, the blatant copying of another’s designs, is akin to counterfeiting without affixing the fake designer label. Sadly, because of a lack of adequate legal protection, design piracy has become a way of life in the fashion industry in the U.S.

Design piracy is unfair to designers and is detrimental to competition within the fashion industry. It effectively allows others to plagiarize the original designer’s creative ideas and reap the benefits of the creator’s labor and assumption of risk.

The U.S. legal system plays a key role in maintaining a fair playing field for businesses across a wide range of industries. However, the current intellectual property laws in the United States do not offer effective protections to ensure fair competition within the fashion industry.

Your voice is very important in this determining the kinds of protections our legal system offers to designers.


What’s Hot in Resort Wear this Season?

Last year, The Council of Fashion Designers of America recommended that designers concentrate their Resort presentations in the first two weeks of June, rather than showing over a haphazard period of almost six weeks.

In this, the fashion industry’s first go-round under the guidelines of showing Resort only during the first two weeks of June, the results have been wonderfully cohesive, according to the Council.

Many designers used this opportunity to stage actual runway presentations in their showrooms as opposed to just offering editors and retailers a rack of clothes to rifle through.The CFDA recently gave a synopsis of what’s on the table for resort collections from designers like Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria and Badgley Mischka.

Continue reading

Vote for Your Fav Designer!

It’s always great when the public has the final say.

Seems the Council of Fashion Designers of America will give us just that.

Today, the Council introduced The Popular Vote Award sponsored by L’Oréal Paris.

For the first time, the public will be able to cast votes for their favorite men’s and women’s designers from May 27th to June 9th at http://www.wwd.com/popular-vote.

The winner will be announced on-stage on June 15th 2009 at the CFDA Fashion Awards, generously underwritten by Swarovski, taking place at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Go vote! Don’t forget!