November 11, 2013 |
Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were named the winners of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award on Monday night in New York City. New York-based menswear brand Public School was one of 10 finalists nominated for the award given to up-and-coming talent, all of whom presented pieces from their collections at an event in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. “We are truly honored and humbled by the support and recognition from Vogue and the CFDA,” Chow said in a press statement.
November 10, 2013 |
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
September 17, 2013 |
Southern California-based brands account for half the lineup in an upcoming "Americans in Paris" initiative organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. Past West Coast CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists tapped to participate include Jennifer Meyer , George Esquivel (Esquivel Shoes), J.C. Obando, Andrea Lieberman (A.L.C) and Elder Statesman's Greg Chait , who won the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award last November.
September 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- There's been a lot of grousing about New York Fashion Week this season -- the packed crowds, the packed schedule, the faraway venues. And on Sunday afternoon, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, answered with a feel-good show that reminded everyone not to take it all so seriously. There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk). And a front row full of glittering Hollywood, fashion and media world fixtures, including Von Furstenberg's husband Barry Diller, as well as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Allison Williams, Jessica Alba and Bella Thorne. On the runway was some high-wattage talent too, including model Naomi Campbell leading the finale in a black-and-gold dress.
September 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
September 1, 2013 |
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
July 29, 2013 |
Big names, small screen: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will be the focus of a just-announced TV series. According to Monday's announcement, the partnership between the arts channel Ovation* and Conde Nast Entertainment -- appropriately named "The Fashion Fund" -- will document "the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. " The fund, now in its 10th year, will award the top designer a $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an established industry name.
July 11, 2013 |
"Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara admits she has a fondness for Hermes Birkin bags. In August's Harper's Bazaar, she says she tells her agent: “What would you prefer? Me popping champagne bottles and doing drugs and wasting money or buying bags? These are valuable. " So valuable that she jokes with her son that if necessary, he can sell them to pay for college. [Harper's Bazaar] Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart were among 17 major American retailers that signed an agreement in Washington on Wednesday to spend millions of dollars to improve worker safety in Bangladesh.
June 26, 2013 |
With the Supreme Court deciding two marriage equality cases Wednesday, and Twitter reaction coming fast and furious, I was interested to see how the fashion industry would respond. The industry has been incredibly supportive of gay rights over the years. Isaac Mizrahi and Michael Kors recently married their same-sex partners, while Tom Ford , Christian Siriano and other designers have spoken out on the issue in interviews. Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour released a video stating her opinion that the right to marry is as fundamental as the right to vote.
June 23, 2013 |
As one of a new generation of fine jewelry designers making the heirlooms of tomorrow, Irene Neuwirth is living the California dream. In 13 years, she has gone from stringing vintage glass beads together in her Malibu apartment to having the top-selling fine jewelry brand at Barneys New York. Her jewelry sparkles on red carpets alongside that from such heavyweights as Harry Winston and Cartier. (In the last few months, Busy Philipps wore an Irene Neuwirth necklace to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Julianne Moore a matched set of emerald bracelets to the Met Gala and Julia Louis-Dreyfus onyx earrings to the Critics' Choice TV Awards.)