Posts for June 2008
Council of Fashion Designers of America presented the following 2008 fashion awards.
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection. See the Resort 09 collection.
Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford
Accessories Designer of the Year: Tory Burch. See the Fall 08 fashion show.
Swarovski Womenswear: Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte. See the Fall 08 collection.
Swarovski Menswear: Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders
Swarovski Accessories: Philip Crangi
Lifetime Achievement Award: Carolina Herrera. See the Fall 08 fashion show.
Loeffler Randall is on sale, ladies and gents (who know their girlfriends well). We happen to believe wholeheartedly in the power of ecommerce and think, in addition to breaking news, reviews, photo editorial, interviews, and fashion week coverage, our readers want to know what's happening online in relation to their wardrobe. After all, this is a participatory industry (our network partners are experts on this topic), one where your knowledge of what's going on can be portrayed in your sense of style just as assertively as your ability to discuss the industry. To that end, we thought you might want to know that Loeffler Randall is pretty seriously on sale in the ecommerce dimension. Clothing and handbags aside (and they are fantastic) for a few hundred dollars you can pick up shoes that will surely last you beyond this season. There's a classic quality to Loeffler Randall's designs that we think is just as important to endorse as a new pop-up store or collaboration project. It can all happen simultaneously, in other words, because shopping and editorial, if you think about it, really do go hand and hand.
We rarely cover red carpets as frankly we are almost never interested in anyone that traverses them. But last night at the CFDA 2008 Fashion Awards we had plenty to be interested in as it was the real celebrities of our world, the designers, that were doing most of the preening. But there is an unfortunate trend for red carpets at fashion events. More and more designers appear to be scared to walk the red carpet alone. They cling to their "celebrity" guests, afraid it seems, that without their groomed counterpart that the photographers might forget to snap their image. Clearly this isn't the case as menswear winner Tom Ford, accessories winner Tory Burch, and lifetime achievement winner Carolina Herrera got their pictures taken without a problem. Plenty of other designers didn't seem scared to walk by themselves either including Diane Von Fursternberg, Doo Ri, Vera Wang , Donna Karen, Erin Featherston , Zac Posen, and John Bartlett.
So why is it that the man of the hour, the winner of Womenswear Designer of The Year, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein seems unable to stand alone? Every photo we have of him has been while swanning about with a certain beauty in white.
The CFDA presents the Womenswear Designer of the Year award annually to an American designer who has made the most outstanding contribution to and has influenced the direction of women's ready-to-wear fashion with his or her most recent spring and fall collections. The award nominees and winner were selected by the CFDA membership, comprised of a peer group of designers, editors, retailers and stylists. Other nominees for this prestigious category included Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Winning this award is no small matter. It very much makes you worthy of standing on your own two feet to be adored by the masses of photographers. To make matters worse (or better) Mr. Costa received the very same award in 2006 when he was nominated alongside the same designers.
We think its time for you to leave the embrace of your beauty Mr. Costa and stand alone. Surely after all of this time you deserve to have the limelight by yourself.
The fabric of our lives could unravel under pressure from the World Trade Organization. The appellate body of the WTO on Monday rejected a U.S. challenge to a compliance panel decision that sided with Brazil in its claims the U.S. had not fully implemented judgments finding its cotton subsidies in breach of global rules. The ruling advances the prospects of Brazil imposing punitive tariffs against the U.S. of as much as $1 billion. That is a stiff price for such a soft fabric.
Jewel tones remain popular as the cruise market continues unabated. Versace, shown here, really goes with the trend.
There may be a downturn but people are still shopping online to the tune of a 35% retail increase.
Being green is important to American Apparel & Footwear Association. They had their first sustainability conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology last Thursday.
As expected, models and designers turned out in droves — Erin Wasson, still in leg cast, was by Alexander Wang's side, and Francisco Costa celebrated his Womenswear win by hugging Eva Mendes tight.
For more of the comings and goings, be sure to check out the gallery below.
>> This evening, the 2008 winners of the highly influential CFDA Awards were named. Three-time Swarovski Award for Womenswear nominees Rodarte finally took home the statuette, and Tom Ford won out in the battle of the T(h)oms. I've denoted the full list of winners in bold — congrats all around!
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry