23 May Tom Ford is the New Chairman of the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America has spoken and Tom Ford has been elected as Chairman. Ford will succeed Diane von Furstenberg, who was named president of the CFDA in 2006 and became chairwoman in 2015. Ford’s start date was originally slated for January, 2020, but it was decided to move the date up to June, 2019.
“I have had the privilege of being a member of the American fashion community for many years and have experienced what the CFDA does for its members and the industry as a whole,” said Ford. “Having lived and worked in each of the global fashion capitals of the world, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the voice of American fashion and its designers. As the chairman, I look forward to continuing the incredible work Diane has done over the last 13 years. Diane is a true force and her contribution to the CFDA and to American fashion is immeasurable. We all owe her a great deal.”
The Austin, TX born Fashion Mogul has served as the creative director of Gucci Group, where he designed for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004, prior to launching his namesake luxury brand in 2005. The Tom Ford fall-winter 2019 collection, shown at New York Fashion Week last month, attracted Courtney Love, Ansel Elgort and girlfriend Violetta Komyshan, Baz Luhrmann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, costume designer Catherine Martin and others. “Tom Ford’s vast experience and knowledge will be of great value to the CFDA and the membership in support of our mission to bring greater visibility and opportunity to American designers globally.”, said Lisa Smilor, executive vice president of the CFDA, in a letter emailed to CFDA members.
One of the critical topics that’s likely to be on Ford’s agenda is New York Fashion Week’s reinvention. While it hasn’t been confirmed, the buzz is that NYFW would move to The Shed at Hudson Yards in September, but IMG officials are still finalizing plans for the spring 2020 shows in September.
Over the last few years, the CFDA has been at the forefront of the model health initiative and has delved into the sustainability issue. As part of the CFDA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability through education and professional development, they’ve created a sustainability-centered resource hub designed to provide open access resources and information specific to fashion, design and business sustainable strategies. They have also made diversity on the runway a priority. “Diversity and inclusion are not a trend, but the way we should all be operating going forward. As the governing body of American fashion, the CFDA is committed to forging a path for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry…”, said CFDA President & CEO, Steven Kolb.