It looks like the CFDA Awards have something in common with prom-queen battles from most '90s films: There's a whole lot of campaigning to determine who gets the title. By the time the Council of Fashion Designers of America hands out its awards in early June each year, many camps have already worked overtime to get enough votes for a win, according to WWD. The 2010 nominees were announced earlier this month, and already, several designers have already stepped up their presence in the fashion circuit.
As WWD points out, some designers plan appearances at extra events, re-submit lookbooks and occasionally have their PRs email contacts to ask for votes directly. Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts apparently submitted 100 or more "For Your Consideration" emails supporting Christopher Bailey's win for the CFDA International Award.
That said, some newer designers don't see the point of campaigning. Patrik Ervell and Joseph Altuzarra can't wrap their minds around it, and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone describes the concept as "more of a turn off than a turn on." We're guessing we won't be seeing him on the campaign trail anytime soon.
Since winning 'Project Runway', Christian Siriano continues to prove his critics wrong. His latest accomplishment? This week Crain listed the designer in the top 40 under-40 rising stars in New York. Since it's formation, the annual revenue of his business have allegedly grown by more than 75% amounting to $1.2million.
So many people accuse the CFDA of being in the pocket of Anna Wintour. Yes, she’s an influential person. Yes, she’s a dominant force in the business. But we have a five-pocket jean, and she’s not in all the pockets.
if you thought that the recent sexual harassment allegations would affect the demand for Terry Richardson, you were mistaken. In fact, the industry have rallied around the photographer, most notably Marc Jacobs who publicly spoke out in support of him.
A recent poll by Fashionsta showed that the majority of industry insiders did not expect his career to be affected by the allegations. Recent manifestations over the last few days speak for itself. Days after the news broke, Richardson collaborated with Carine Roitfeld on a shoot for French Vogue and Tweeted a picture of himself and Doutzen Kroes on a shoot for American Vogue in Miami.
Taking none of the credit for her Macy's line, Madonnainsists that daughter Lourdes is behind the collection, despite her lack of promotion surrounding it. Whilst Lourdes seemingly does more of the designing than Madonna herself, the Material Girl is keen to keep her away from spotlight at such a young age, and knows the importance of schooling for her daughter - so we won't be seeing little Lola discussing the line any time soon.
"That is why I am here talking about the line and she is not. Eventually I will let her. I feel like she needs to get into high school and focus on her studies, her lessons," she continued, "I don't want her to be distracted. She will eventually be able to talk about it. I am going to be happy when she does because she can speak much more clearly in and in a more informed way than I can about a line she is ultimately designing. I just stand in the background and go, 'That's cool. That's not cool'." Madonna even insisted that if it weren't for her talented daughter, she wouldn't be doing the line. "If Lola wasn't so completely involved in the line, designing, consulting, whatever you want to call it, I wouldn't do it. Really she does most of the work, honestly." We believe you Madonna, we do.
Laughing in the face of the recent economic downturn, Prada have seen its profits increase this year, proving that high end luxury brands can - and will - survive the dreaded 'r' word, if handled the right way. What's more interesting is that unlike Dior, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, who are owned by LVMH, and Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta who fall under the Gucci Group umbrella, Prada is not owned by a luxury conglomerate, but in fact a husband wife duo - Patrizio Bertelli, the chief executive, and Muiccia Prada, the designer.
Having spoken openly about the companies debts, and shrugged off any issues with a possible unauthorised biography (unlike Calvin Klein, who opted for a lengthy court battle to banish all possibility of a tell all book being published about him), Bertelli and Prada hardly go about things in the expected way - a tactic which obviously works as proven by the recent 1.4 percent increase. Patrizio and Muiccia, we applaud you!
I have a hard time not buying or stealing. If I want something, I have to have it. But not anymore. The last time was three months ago — a dress from Marshalls. I used to steal more. I mostly stole from Goodwill. You know, ‘Can’t be bothered. The line’s too long. Put it in your purse.
Scott Sternberg is watching out for those of you who like his Boy by Band of Outsiders style but can't afford the price tags. The designer who successfully built a $12 million business seven years after quitting his job as a CAA agent in Hollywood is now launching a second women's collection, called girl. Expanding his menswear-inspired Boy collection is projected to make Sternberg's brand worth $40 million in three years.
What to expect from the new line? Lower prices and more feminine styles. Besides that, Sternberg is moving from two women's collections a year to four, and he's been meeting with investors to discuss the expansion for several months.
That said, the LA boy isn't ready to relocate across the country to NYC. "If I was here in New York in this mix influenced by the same thing all these people are influenced by, the edge would be gone," Sternberg said. "This [LA] bubble is vital to being able to do something that is not informed by fashion."