New Kids on the Block

23rd July 2009

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has opened its doors to a new class of influential designers who, as a collective, embody all that is new and exciting across the fashion world.

And it has clearly been an exceptional year, with the intake final count at 31, as opposed to the more typical 20 of previous years. The change is attributed to the current President Diane von Furstenburg who has made inclusiveness her priority in her two years at the top. CFDA executive director Steven Kolb said, “She always refers to the CFDA as her extended family”.

So who has been welcomed into the fashion family home? The honours list includes names such as Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, and Maria Pinto, all of whom have forged influential careers over the past year, most notably getting their designs on the back of our favourite First Lady, Michelle Obama. Find also the Olsen twins, who have departed from the cutesy image of their earlier years and demonstrate their innate understanding of design through their exclusive ranges The Row and Elizabeth and James. The CFDA will officially mark the occasion with an event at the Four Seasons restaurant on October 21.

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