CFDA and BFC leaders join forces to call for industry ‘reset’

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and British Fashion Council (BFC) are joining forces to call for an industry-wide “reset”.The coronavirus pandemic has hit the fashion business hard, with retailers forced to close stores te…

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and British Fashion Council (BFC) are joining forces to call for an industry-wide “reset”.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the fashion business hard, with retailers forced to close stores temporarily and designers having to postpone collections due to manufacturing restrictions.

In light of the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, officials from the CFDA, led by chairman Tom Ford, and the BFC, overseen by chief executive Caroline Rush, have been in “close communication” and are sharing feedback about the ways the industry will need to “rethink and reset” in the coming months.

Among the initiatives set out in a statement issued on Wednesday was a call for the fashion system to change “at every level”.

“We encourage our brands, designers and retailers, who are used to fashion’s fast, unforgiving pace, to slow down. For a long time, there have been too many deliveries and too much merchandise generated. With existing inventory stacking up, designers and retailers must also look at the collections cycle and be very strategic about their products and how and when they intend to sell them,” they outlined, before encouraging designers to focus on delivering only two collections per year. “We firmly believe this can provide our talents with the time they need to reconnect to the creativity and craft that makes our field so unique in the first place.”

Elsewhere, the CFDA and BFC leaders urged designers and company executives to re-evaluate delivery schedules, harness sustainable fabrics and techniques wherever possible, and utilise virtual presentations to show collections to buyers and journalists.

“The need to align as a global industry during these times has become more apparent. We will continue to work side-by-side, while each city will develop its own local initiatives. Fashion is a business of creativity and new ideas and difficult times are also ones for innovation. We will work to our industry’s benefit as we reimagine and create, with our members and partners, a successful future,” the statement concluded.

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Elizabeth Hurley rewears chain mail Versace dress after 21 years

Elizabeth Hurley has recycled the purple chain mail Versace gown she wore in 1999 for a magazine photoshoot.The 54-year-old actress first wore the backless, lavender chain mail dress when she attended the 1999 Council of Fashion Designers of America (C…

Elizabeth Hurley has recycled the purple chain mail Versace gown she wore in 1999 for a magazine photoshoot.

The 54-year-old actress first wore the backless, lavender chain mail dress when she attended the 1999 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards with her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant, and she decided to bring the slinky cowl-neck gown out of storage more than two decades after its red carpet appearance to wear it for Harper’s Bazaar’s #TurnUpNotIn photo series, which shows stars in lockdown at home wearing their chicest outfits.

“Just hanging at home watching tv for @harpersbazaarus in a @versace dress I wore 21 years ago to the #cfdaawards #lockdown #nineweekstomorrow#TurnUpNotIn,” The Royals star wrote in the caption as she shared the photo on her Instagram page.

In the picture, Hurley can be seen draping herself over a fur throw while pointing a remote at a television, with her long brunette hair tumbling down over her shoulders.

“I’ve got a zillion great memories and I can remember what I was wearing in all of them,” she told Harper’s Bazaar about the Versace gown. “The dress I unearthed for this shot is Atelier Versace – I wore it 21 years ago to the CFDA Fashion Awards. I was with my then-boyfriend Hugh Grant and had a blast. I put it away in acid-free tissue paper straightaway, and it’s still perfect!”

Hurley ended her relationship with Grant in 2000 after 13 years of dating, but the pair has remained close friends, with the Four Weddings and a Funeral star being made godfather to the actress’s 18-year-old son Damian.

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Vogue and Amazon join forces on digital storefront initiative

Vogue executives have partnered with Amazon and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to launch a digital storefront initiative.Designed to boost small and medium-sized fashion businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the e-commerce venture …

Vogue executives have partnered with Amazon and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to launch a digital storefront initiative.

Designed to boost small and medium-sized fashion businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the e-commerce venture will be known as Common Threads: Vogue x Amazon Fashion.

The partnership, which went live earlier this week, was announced by U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“I want to thank Amazon Fashion, not only for its generous support of A Common Thread but also for so quickly sharing its resources to aid American designers affected by the pandemic,” she commented.

In addition to promoting the partnership, Amazon bosses have has committed to making a $500,000 (£410,000) donation to A Common Thread – the organisation recently started by Wintour and CFDA chairman Tom Ford to instigate broader fundraising for the fashion industry.

The Common Threads storefront will see Amazon’s state-of-the-art distribution services and digital marketplace connect designers with consumers, compensating for the foot traffic lost from brick and mortar stores during the lockdown.

It will also highlight small American brands to Amazon’s vast established customer base.

And Wintour acknowledged that although the undertaking would not resolve the crisis hitting the fashion business, it was one solution to a complex problem.

“While there isn’t one simple fix for our industry, which has been hit so hard, I believe this is an important step in the right direction,” the 70-year-old added.

Designers will be given a lot of brand control in the project and can set their own prices and select the items they want to merchandise. The first wave of brands to feature on the site will include Batsheva, Chloe Gosselin, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Jonathan Cohen, Tabitha Simmons, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, and Victor Glemaud, with more to follow.

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Anna Wintour cried over Ralph Lauren’s $10 million coronavirus donation

Anna Wintour cried when she heard that Ralph Lauren had donated $10 million (£8.1 million) to aid the battle against the coronavirus.In an op-ed for Vogue.com, the editor-in-chief opened up about the fashion industry’s response to the global pandemic,…

Anna Wintour cried when she heard that Ralph Lauren had donated $10 million (£8.1 million) to aid the battle against the coronavirus.

In an op-ed for Vogue.com, the editor-in-chief opened up about the fashion industry’s response to the global pandemic, which has so far infected more than 801,000 people, with almost 38,700 deaths, since the outbreak began in December.

Wintour shared her joy about the American designer’s generous donation, which was made via his foundation. The donation was spread across a range of organisations, including the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund, which helps struggling designers during the crisis.

“Positivity is such a precious commodity right now, but I felt something close to pure joy in recent days,” Wintour wrote. “My emotions, like yours I’m sure, are fairly close to the surface, but I’m not afraid to admit that I broke down on the phone with Ralph when he called to give me the incredible news about his gift.”

The 70-year-old was overjoyed to see the likes of fashion conglomerates Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and Kering rally round to support emergency workers on the frontlines in hospitals, as well as designers such as Miuccia Prada and Donatella Versace make personal donations to hard-hit hospitals.

“American fashion and beauty companies have been mobilising too, making masks, gowns and hand sanitiser. I have never been more proud of our industry,” she wrote.

She concluded her touching op-ed with a reminder that the pandemic will soon pass.

“There is so much loss and sadness now, but I keep hearing from friends and family members by phone and FaceTime and I know these weeks of isolation are reminding us how important our human connections are,” Wintour shared. “It will be impossible to take those connections for granted once this is behind us.”

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Paris Couture Week cancelled amid coronavirus crisis

Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.France is one of the nations most affected by the spread of Covid-19, with an estimated 40,000 reported cases and approximately 2,600 deaths. In light of…

Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

France is one of the nations most affected by the spread of Covid-19, with an estimated 40,000 reported cases and approximately 2,600 deaths.

In light of the crisis and lockdown of citizens, representatives for the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode have confirmed the two upcoming events have been scrapped.

“In light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of Houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry,” they said in a statement. “Consequently, the Board of Directors of the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has come to the decision that, in the present conditions, Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, scheduled from June 23rd to June 28th, 2020, and the Haute Couture Week scheduled from July 5 to July 9, 2020, cannot take place.”

However, the spokesperson insisted members of the federation are “actively working” with designers and fashion houses to find possible alternatives.

In addition to presentations from Chanel and Dior, the next Paris Couture Week was to feature the highly anticipated return of Balenciaga to the schedule.

Meanwhile, executives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have also confirmed that the resort 2021 shows lined up for the middle of the year have been scrapped.

“The CFDA has been carefully following the developments of Covid-19, while providing information and resources to help the industry move forward during this most challenging time,” they commented. “With that in mind, the CFDA has decided to cancel the official NYFW: Resort 2021 schedule of presentations. The decision was based on the current global situation, the ongoing uncertainty regarding its impact on retailers and their open-to-buys, and designers’ challenges in producing collections at this moment.”

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Ralph Lauren donates $10 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Ralph Lauren has donated $10 million (£8.2 million) to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.In an announcement on Thursday, the American fashion icon confirmed that executives at his charitable foundation would be dispersing the money in…

Ralph Lauren has donated $10 million (£8.2 million) to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement on Thursday, the American fashion icon confirmed that executives at his charitable foundation would be dispersing the money in order to aid organisations, workers, and communities in providing vital support and services to those in need.

“At the heart of our company, there has always been a spirit of togetherness that inspires our creativity, our confidence and most importantly our support for one another,” Lauren said. “In the past weeks and months, that spirit has never wavered. We believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, we are all connected. That is why we are taking significant action to help our teams and communities through this crisis.”

The huge donation will be used in a number of ways in the U.S. and around the world, including contributing to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, supporting vulnerable cancer patients through Lauren’s existing Pink Pony Fund, and providing emergency financial grants for the Emergency Assistance Foundation.

Employees at the Ralph Lauren label will also be producing 25,000 gowns and 250,000 masks for doctors, nurses, and health care workers on the frontline.

“We recognise that this is an unprecedented, multifaceted crisis which demands different responses for different needs in different places. That is why we are funding multiple activities to support our teams, our partners and our communities around the world,” added Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer of The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.

Lauren and Louvet have also committed to donating to the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund and those in the American fashion community impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Anna Wintour and Tom Ford launch coronavirus crisis relief fund

Anna Wintour and Tom Ford are gearing up to launch a relief fund for those in the fashion business affected by the coronavirus crisis.The Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, with approximately 425,000 confirmed cases and 18,900 deaths. To h…

Anna Wintour and Tom Ford are gearing up to launch a relief fund for those in the fashion business affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, with approximately 425,000 confirmed cases and 18,900 deaths. To help those impacted in the design and retail spheres, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) chairman Ford have decided to repurpose the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund into a fundraiser.

“Over the last few days, both Tom and I have heard from so many of you about the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which we know has affected you both professionally and personally. Not one of us has been left untouched by it,” said Wintour in a statement. “To raise awareness for this new fundraising initiative, we are launching a video series, A Common Thread, which will tell your stories of how you are coping with the impact of Covid-19, how you and your business have been affected, and how you plan to move forward. It will also tell the stories of those you work with behind the scenes – we want to highlight the narratives of everyone who contributes so much to the incredibly strong and vibrant industry that we are all so proud of.”

The video series will be launched on 26 March. Donors can support the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief by texting THREAD to 44-321 in the U.S. or contributing online. The fund is not limited to former Fashion Fund participants or members of the CFDA – applications for funding will be available from 8 April.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was originally founded in 2003 in response to the September 11 terror attacks in 2001 and how the tragedy impacted emerging talent.

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CFDA Fashion Awards postponed

The 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next edition of the annual fashion prizegiving had been scheduled to take place on 8 June at The New York Public Library, b…

The 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The next edition of the annual fashion prizegiving had been scheduled to take place on 8 June at The New York Public Library, but on Tuesday, a representative for the organisation announced that CFDA chairman Tom Ford and president and chief executive Steven Kolb had decided to postpone the event, as well as the unveiling of the nominees, until a later date.

“After carefully reviewing the guidelines of federal and state governments, as well as public health agencies, CFDA chairman, Tom Ford, and Steven Kolb, president and CEO, along with the full support of the board, have made the decision to postpone the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards,” a statement on the CFDA website reads. “The CFDA will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and provide updates as they are available via email, at CFDA.com, and on our social media accounts.

“The Covid-19 outbreak is bringing many challenges to fashion designers in both their personal lives and professional operations. As an organisation with a diverse membership conducting business globally, the CFDA is doing everything it can to help our designers through these difficult times in their businesses.”

New York is the U.S. state with the highest number of coronavirus cases. As a result, New York City is on lockdown, with many bars, shops, and restaurants closed as residents self-isolate.

The coronavirus has led to a number of cancellations in the fashion world, most notably, the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Big Apple in May. Many brands have postponed upcoming runway shows too, while thousands of stores have been temporarily closed.

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Steve Madden apologises to Stacey Bendet after rant goes viral

Steve Madden has issued an apology to Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet for losing his temper during a filmed altercation earlier this week. On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of her encounter with the footwear entrepre…

Steve Madden has issued an apology to Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet for losing his temper during a filmed altercation earlier this week.

On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of her encounter with the footwear entrepreneur in a hotel lobby, with the footage showing them having a heated exchange in which Madden tells her to “go f**k yourself” when she confronts him about allegedly stealing her brand’s designs. He also returned the accusation by saying, “You copy people all the time. We were making faces way before you.”

The allegations relate to a lawsuit Alice + Olivia lawyers filed against Betsey Johnson, which is owned by Madden’s company, in late 2018 for allegedly copying their StaceFace design. Both parties reached a confidential settlement in June last year.

Madden has now apologised for his outburst by issuing a statement to New York Post’s Page Six.

“I’m sorry for losing my temper with Stacey. I have the utmost respect for her… I was raised better than that,” he said.

Bendet took to her personal Facebook page to suggest Madden follow up his apology with a $1 million (£776,000) donation to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“I feel like his ‘apology’ should really include a 1 million dollar donation to the CFDA to create a legal protection fund for designers when their work is copied or trademarks are violated,” she wrote.

She also announced she was setting up an initiative to help women through the sale of her Stace products, which feature the face of a woman with round sunglasses, a top knot, and red lips.

“In the near future, I will announce a #Stace initiative where our Stace product (no longer being copied by any of the Steve Madden brands) will be sold to support programs that support women who don’t have the platform that I am so grateful to have,” she wrote on the Alice + Olivia Instagram account, before asking for suggestions for organisations to support.

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Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year. But durin…

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.

The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year.

But during a behind-the-scenes chat prior to his latest show, held at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week on Saturday, Maxwell recalled how he used to suffer from anxiety during his early presentations.

“This is my ninth or tenth runway show and almost 20 collections, so I’ve been doing it long enough to know that it’s a waste of time to get stressed out because it all comes together in the end. I used to get really, really nervous in the beginning and get sick, and the first couple of shows I never even watched them I wasn’t even at them,” he said. “I would hide in a room and lock the door and put my music and my headphones (on) to the same amount of time that was at the show. And as soon as the music stopped in my ear, I’d unlock the door, run out of the room, wave at the end of the runway and leave again.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Maxwell explained that he was inspired by the idea of journeys for his fall/winter 2020 line. The collection was comprised of neutral separates, dresses made from a printed tortoise shell-look fabric, and denim.

“The theme of the whole show is journey. You’re packing your bag, your boots. We are in nature, we’re journeying, life’s a journey, this industry is a journey. It’s all about coats and bags and sweaters and warmth and happiness,” the 35-year-old shared. “This season, I wanted to make a liquid fabric that looked like tortoise and matched the tortoise shoes that we have, that are these six-inch tall boots, and all the tortoise jewellery.”

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