Naeem Khan calls out lack of diversity in CFDA nominations

Naeem Khan has called out the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) over the lack of diversity in the nominees for its top prizes. The nominees for the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards were announced on Monday, and the Indian-American fashion designe…

Naeem Khan has called out the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) over the lack of diversity in the nominees for its top prizes.

The nominees for the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards were announced on Monday, and the Indian-American fashion designer later took to his Instagram page to criticise the all-white contenders for the American Womenswear Designer of the Year prize and suggested it was a “conflict of interest” that CFDA chairman Tom Ford landed a place on the shortlist.

“What is wrong in this picture. Its the same nominees every year…Perhaps it’s time to change. I guess u have to be white or the chairman of the CFDA to get nominated. Conflict of interest and very incestuous (sic),” he wrote in the caption besides a photo of the category’s nominees, which also included Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Brandon Maxwell, Gabriela Hearst, and Marc Jacobs.

Khan wasn’t alone with his criticism. Members of fashion watchdog site Diet Prada also wrote on Instagram, “Since the CFDA awards love to position themselves as the Oscars of the fashion industry, you think they’d remember #oscarssowhite. Also, @cfda chairman @tomford is up for two awards himself… sounds like a conflict of interest. That’s all.”

New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman also suggested that Ford should be disqualified from competing in such categories since he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2014.

Responding to the criticism, a representative for the CFDA told Page Six Style, “The Awards nominees are the selections of the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, which is made up of over 1,000 individuals from the fashion industry… The CFDA has no governance over the nominations submitted by the Guild, but as an organisation, we repeatedly encourage members of the Guild to consider diversity and inclusion in their selections.

“The lack of diversity in the nominees is, unfortunately, a reflection of the general lack of diversity within the fashion industry. This must change, and the CFDA and industry at large share the collective responsibility to bring long-overdue equity and racial balance to all sectors of fashion.”

The winners will be revealed on 14 September, at the start of New York Fashion Week.

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CFDA announce 2020 Fashion Award nominees

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has released the nominations for the 2020 Fashion Awards, though are forgoing all honouree prizes this year.The shortlist was released on Monday, with The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Drie…

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has released the nominations for the 2020 Fashion Awards, though are forgoing all honouree prizes this year.

The shortlist was released on Monday, with The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dries Van Noten and Tom Ford all up for multiple awards.

However, executives have decided against some of the awards’ usual categories, including the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Fashion Icon and Media Award, among others.

Instead, two new categories have been included; Global Women’s Designer of the Year and Global Men’s Designer of the Year.

Winners will be revealed on the morning of 14 September, kicking off the official New York Fashion Week schedule, after the original date, 8 June, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In this time of unprecedented challenge and change for our industry, we feel very strongly that it is important to recognize the nominees representing the best of fashion creativity,” said Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA. “We look forward to returning to an in-person celebration honoring the American fashion industry in 2021.”

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, added: “In lieu of the in-person event, we will be prioritising new and existing programming to support our designer community during the global pandemic — by redirecting efforts toward next generation scholarships and making important changes to bring racial equity to the fashion industry. The annual gala serves as our largest fund-raiser, and our hope is to continue raising money to support this work through industry contributions.”

The 2020 CFDA Fashion Award nominees:

American Womenswear Designer of the Year:

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Brandon Maxwell

Gabriela Hearst

Marc Jacobs

Tom Ford

American Menswear Designer of the Year:

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Thom Browne

Todd Snyder

Tom Ford

American Accessories Designer of the Year:

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Gabriela Hearst

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Stuart Vevers for Coach

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

American Emerging Designer of the Year:

Christopher John Rogers

Kenneth Nicholson

Peter Do

Reese Cooper

Sarah Staudinger

George Augusto for Staud

Global Women’s Designer of the Year:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Dries Van Noten

Miuccia Prada for Prada

Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Rick Owens

Global Men’s Designer of the Year:

Craig Green

Dries Van Noten

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

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Faith Hill once changed entire tour wardrobe so she could wear sneakers

Faith Hill once altered her entire tour wardrobe because she couldn’t wear high heels.The Breathe hitmaker always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to her stage performances and concerts, often sporting designer gowns and accessories. But during…

Faith Hill once altered her entire tour wardrobe because she couldn’t wear high heels.

The Breathe hitmaker always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to her stage performances and concerts, often sporting designer gowns and accessories.

But during an interview with Kelsea Ballerini for the June 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, Faith revealed she had to overhaul her entire Soul2Soul II Tour closet back in 2006 because she couldn’t handle standing in stilettos.

“I remember for our Soul2Soul tour in 2006 and 2007, I had this incredible wardrobe planned with these amazing heels,” she recalled. “And then once I got to rehearse, I had to change the entire wardrobe because I couldn’t even walk in the shoes. We changed everything to slacks – my favourite thing to wear – and found some cool tennis shoes. I felt like a teenager! It was awesome.”

Faith went on to share that she relies on celebrity stylist Petra Flannery to put the majority of her red carpet outfits together for her. But when it comes to her off-duty looks, her husband Tim McGraw and their children aren’t afraid to offer their views.

“I do ask Tim for his opinion, but we also have three daughters who give their thoughts very freely. Just in case I ever wanted to walk out the door in something that I shouldn’t, they let me know,” the 52-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Faith noted that she always tries to opt for a sophisticated vibe, and is constantly inspired by fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Tom Ford.

“Tom is such a craftsman. He knows how to dress a man, and he knows how to dress a woman. Strong and sexy but in a way that’s not offensive,” she gushed.

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CFDA launching initiatives to combat systemic racism in fashion

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are launching new initiatives to help fight systemic racism in the industry.In the wake of the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers o…

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are launching new initiatives to help fight systemic racism in the industry.

In the wake of the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers on 25 May, numerous anti-racism protests have taken place across the U.S. and in major cities around the world.

Now, in response to the demonstrations, CFDA chairman Tom Ford and CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb have announced that the organisation will be employing new measures to help combat injustice within the fashion industry.

“Having a clear voice and speaking out against racial injustice, bigotry and hatred is the first step, but this is not enough,” they stated. “This is a deeply disturbing moment that speaks to us all. Our world is in deep pain. Our industry is in pain and it is not enough to simply say that we stand in solidarity with those who are discriminated against. We must do something.”

Effective immediately, the CFDA is creating an in-house employment programme specifically charged with placing black talent in all sectors of the fashion business to help achieve a racially-balanced industry, and will be founding a new mentorship and internship programme focused on students and recent graduates. Ford and Kolb will also be implementing a diversity and inclusion training programme for all members, and are making donations to civil rights organisations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Campaign Zero.

“We urge each and every member of the CFDA to take stock of their corporate structure to ensure that they have a racially balanced workforce and we challenge the retail sector of the fashion industry to ensure that their roster of brands and their product assortment is representative of the Black talent within the industry,” they concluded.

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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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