When Diane von Furstenberg invites you to her studio, it’s probably for more than browsing her latest collection with a cocktail in hand.
This July, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) inducted thirty new recruits for the lineup of designers in the community, an event to spotlight rising talent within the network of industry veterans. While Tommy Hilfiger, John Bartlett, and Mary McFadden greeted the fresh faces with gracious applause, the studio was transformed with a platform and banquette to honor only the best in class.
The year’s inductees are a group of designers from varied backgrounds and unique contributions; from jewelry and accessories, to dresses and evening wear ensembles, each recruit entered only after a rigorous application process and review. Making it to the inner circle is far from an easy affair; members are chosen by the board of directors after an extensive voting process, interview, and review of recent collections.
Executive Director Steven Kolb reports that this was one of the largest groups of applicants in the CFDA’s 45-year history. Each new member can enjoy honorary recognition and support from some of the top professionals in the industry. A few new names on the council’s roster this season include Philip Lim, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, and Jean Yu.
Philip Lim made it to the finalist list with the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, a line that has extended to over 250 stores and boutiques in the United States, and 26 outlets and stores worldwide. The designer also scooped up the 2007 Swarovski Award for Womenswear. 3.1 Phillip Lim brings us classic cuts and contemporary style for Fall 2007; the season’s collection includes a range of smock shirts, wide-leg cigar pants, soft wool cardigans, and accessories in bold red, blue, and black.
Tory Burch pulls together a women’s sportswear and accessories collection for her new position on the council. Recognized as a market leader for sophisticated American design that is tailored for style-conscious women, the line draws together both classic and timeless pieces with modern flair. This season’s highlights include bold reds, blue, brown, and khaki pieces with clear-cut silhouettes and simple lines. The Natalie Dress and Kip Coat offer a few fresh additions to the year’s Fall collection.
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