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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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: ‘Fashion industry leaders must rethink their values’

Anna Wintour has urged fashion industry leaders to “rethink” their values amid the coronavirus crisis.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief participated in a conversation with Naomi Campbell for her No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube on Wednesday, with th…

Anna Wintour has urged fashion industry leaders to “rethink” their values amid the coronavirus crisis.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief participated in a conversation with Naomi Campbell for her No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube on Wednesday, with the pair discussing what the business will look like once the Covid-19 pandemic begins to ease.

Accordingly, Wintour insisted that now is the time for designers, businesspeople, and models to consider how they can become much more sustainable.

“I feel very strongly that when we come out the other end, which we will do, that people’s values are really going to have shifted,” she said. “I think it is an opportunity for all of us to look at our industry and to look at our lives and to rethink our values and to think about the waste, amount of money, and consumption and excess that we’ve all – and I include myself in this – indulged in. We need to rethink what this industry stands for. In that regard, I think it has been a moment when everyone has been taking the time to think about how we should move forward.”

Wintour went on to note that A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief that she has set up alongside Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman Tom Ford, has already raised $5 million (£4 million) and attracted 850 applicants. She and Ford hope to give away between $10,000 and $100,000 (£8,000 – £80,000) to “as many people as we possibly can”.

Elsewhere in the chat, the editor also reflected on the postponement of the 2020 Met Gala, but did not give an indication as to when exactly the annual fashion event might take place.

“We had to think of the health and safety of everybody. Of course, it’s a magical night and night I care deeply about – we raise a great deal of much-needed funds for the Costume Institute – but we are hopeful that we will be opening the exhibition in October and that people will have the opportunity to see (curator) Andrew Bolton’s incredible work,” the 70-year-old added. “There will be other opportunities for us to all come together.”

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Anna Wintour’s son in self-isolation after becoming ‘quite ill’

Anna Wintour’s son Charles Shaffer is self-quarantining away from his loved ones after becoming “quite ill”.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared the news while talking about her own coronavirus lockdown experience in a video for A Common Thread – a ne…

Anna Wintour’s son Charles Shaffer is self-quarantining away from his loved ones after becoming “quite ill”.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared the news while talking about her own coronavirus lockdown experience in a video for A Common Thread – a new fundraising initiative for the fashion industry set up by executives at the publication and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Introducing the series, Wintour said, “The fashion industry has been hit hard. I have been speaking to so many American designers and others in the community who fear that they won’t make their payroll or have had their orders returned, stores closed, who fear that their businesses and their livelihoods may not survive what we’re going through.

“The fund we’ve created is intended to help them and the talented people they work with.”

On a personal note, the editor explained that Shaffer, 35, was now self-isolating.

“My son is a doctor. He is currently quite ill and self-quarantining at home, away from his wife and his two small daughters,” the 70-year-old shared. “But when he is able, he will return to the ICU at his local hospital. I am so proud of him and so grateful to all the health workers, first responders, nurses and doctors, who are fighting to reduce the spread of the virus and to save lives.”

Meanwhile, CFDA chairman Tom Ford also created a video introducing the fundraising effort.

“Our goal with A Common Thread is not only to highlight the designers whom you all know and love, but also focus on those individuals who keep our industry running,” he added.

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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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Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren closing stores due to coronavirus outbreak

Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren are to temporarily close many of their stores amid the coronavirus outbreak.More than 221,000 people across 176 countries have been infected with the Covid-19 virus, which began in Wuhan, China back in December, and almost 9,0…

Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren are to temporarily close many of their stores amid the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 221,000 people across 176 countries have been infected with the Covid-19 virus, which began in Wuhan, China back in December, and almost 9,000 have died.

On Wednesday, Ford issued a statement on social media and confirmed that his boutiques in North America, Italy, and Switzerland will temporarily close, but online orders will still be available.

“We are all experiencing a tremendous amount of difficulty as the impact of the Covid-19 virus is felt around the world. This is an unprecedented situation, and I know that each of us is trying to manage not only our respective areas of business but our personal lives as well,” he said. “Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients, and colleagues.”

Ford went on to note that he and his team will be adhering to official guidelines from health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the “ongoing spread of Covid-19 and the incredible speed with which the situation is changing”.

“By supporting each other and working together, we will overcome these difficult times. I wish you and your families all the best,” the 58-year-old concluded.

Lauren also made the decision to shutter his stores in North America and select countries until 1 April. Store employees will continue to be paid during that time.

“The wellbeing of our teams, friends, and family around the world is what matters most right now,” he said in a statement on Instagram and Twitter. “We encourage you to focus on your family, your safety and your health. It is our hope that we can inspire optimism and unity.”

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Anna Wintour applauds Tom Ford for staging fashion show in Los Angeles

Anna Wintour has commended Tom Ford for staging his latest fashion show in Los Angeles.Steering clear of the New York Fashion Week calendar, the American designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 collection at Milk Studios in early February, just days bef…

Anna Wintour has commended Tom Ford for staging his latest fashion show in Los Angeles.

Steering clear of the New York Fashion Week calendar, the American designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 collection at Milk Studios in early February, just days before the Academy Awards.

The spectacle included top models such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and in a new chat for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour praised Ford’s bold move.

“First and foremost, I want to applaud Tom Ford for showing in Los Angeles, because I totally reject the idea that everybody always has to do the same thing and show in the same way. We’re an industry that’s meant to be about change, so why don’t we change more often?” she mused. “So, taking his super glamorous show with his super glamorous audience to Los Angeles, I thought, was genius. The show was exciting and vibrant… and every woman there wanted every dress on the runway.”

Wintour attended numerous presentations over the course of Fashion Month, with her other top picks including the Marni, Louis Vuitton, and JW Anderson shows. She also loved the inventive Marc Jacobs show held at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, and Nicki Minaj, and featuring a performance from Karole Armitage and her troupe of dancers.

“He surprised us all by having sort of a cabaret setup. The whole space was filled with an army of Karole Armitage dancers and models mixing in with each other. You weren’t sure who was a dancer and who was a model. It was a very joyful, intimate and exhilarating experience,” the 70-year-old added.

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Tom Ford created James Bond’s suits for No Time to Die

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time….

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time.

“I could not be happier to be dressing Daniel Craig as James Bond again in the upcoming film, No Time to Die,” said Ford. “James Bond epitomises the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style, and love of luxury. It is an honour to move forward with this iconic character.”

In one preview image from the set, Craig is seen wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt, matching tie, and pocket square, while in another snap, he poses in a classic black tuxedo.

Ford also worked closely with costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb on other elements of the star’s wardrobe for his role as the iconic spy, including made-to-measure accessories and denim.

“Tom Ford menswear is all tailor-made in Italy, and is characterised by its elegant cut, exclusive fabrics, and hand-finished details,” a label representative shared.

Ford also teamed up with Larlarb to design the costumes for new character Nomi, as played by Lashana Lynch, a ’00’ agent who entered active service after Bond’s retirement.

“For the first time, Tom Ford is also pleased to have dressed the new female character Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, with select tailor-made jackets, tops, and accessories including Tom Ford eyewear, all hand made in Italy,” they added.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die was due to be released on 2 April. However, producers announced on Wednesday that the debut would be delayed until November due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

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Dua Lipa showcases high-fashion looks in sitcom-inspired video

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Re…

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.

The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors.

“Dua’s World @voguemagazine Fall 2020 hot off the nyc runway 90s Sitcom Video of my dreamzzzzz,” Lipa wrote on Instagram alongside a snippet of the offbeat video. “Loved this whole whirlwind day with the sweeeetest team on the planet… watch in full on youtube or via the link in my story (sic).”

In the video, the 24-year-old prances around an expensive apartment filled with chintz furniture and over-the-top flowery wallpaper, while trying on a series of outfits.

Lipa is first seen wearing a bright yellow ensemble from Eckhaus Latta, along with a harlequin-print jacket by Oscar de la Renta, which she takes off and subsequently throws to her waiting butler.

She then makes dinner for German actress Jessica Joffe and rocks a fuchsia turtleneck and skirt by Tom Ford.

Elsewhere, the Physical hitmaker is seen squeezing down a narrow hallway while wearing an over-the-top Area blue satin dress, which features a heart-shaped waist. She proceeds to jokingly lose her temper, while looking chic in a cow-print Michael Kors jacket, and attempts to iron her huge emerald green Christopher John Rogers gown, which she then wears while struggling down the staircase.

Lipa’s penultimate look is comprised of a rose-red dress and heart-embellished opera gloves by Rodarte, before she concludes the footage by modelling an iridescent coral gown by Marc Jacobs.

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