BoF Exclusive | CFDA Reveals New Strategy

Jason Wu S/S 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Source: Nowfashion

Last year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America tapped the Boston Consulting Group to help define its mission for the next half-decade. Today, BoF can exclusively reveal the key elements of the CFDA’s new strategy, built around education, partnerships, local manufacturing and, of course, revamping New York Fashion Week.

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Colin’s Column | Does the Format of International Talent Competitions Give English Speakers an Unfair Advantage?

Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani and Victoria Beckham at the International Woolmark Prize | Photo: Dave Benett

On the occasion of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, Colin McDowell says it’s time to evolve international talent searches to eliminate disadvantages for non-English speakers.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 4: Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Diane von Furstenberg

Derek Lam A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Today, BoF contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon and Diane von Furstenberg shows, held on day four of New York Fashion Week. Sonny Vandevelde is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion.

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DVF’s decade, Burberry profits decline, Burch vs Burch, Roitfeld talks, Vogue Hommes folds

Diane von Furstenberg by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Interview Magazine

Icon of the Decade | the 1970s Diane von Furstenberg (W Magazine) “At 65, Diane von Furstenberg still embodies sultry beauty and feminine power. She is womanly, sensual, and utterly bien dans sa peau as she lounges on a sofa in her office on West 14th Street in Manhattan, portraits and murals and photographs of her in all her feline splendor staring down from the walls.” Burberry profits cut by move into perfumes (FT)

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Tavi’s girl world, September issues, Luxury in Beirut, Mumbai fashionista, DVF muses

Tavi Gevinson by Emily Beri | Source: NY Times

The Oracle of Girl World (NY Times) “By the time Teen Vogue named her ‘the luckiest 13-year-old on the planet,’ in 2009, Ms. Gevinson had appeared on the covers of Pop and Love magazines and starred in a video for Rodarte’s Target line. Later, she was profiled by both The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.” Beirut: All Gucci and no gigabytes (Reuters) “You name it, Beirut’s got it. These

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Global Briefing | Forget the Beach, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In emerging markets like India and China, luxury shopping malls have often struggled to successfully take root. Quality and execution issues have plagued many of India’s new shopping centres, while, apart from the very best developments, many of China’s large-scale malls are often worryingly empty. But despite the fact that the sun is always shining and the breeze is always blowing, Brazil’s luxury malls are

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DVF in China, Penney’s pressure cooker, Hilfiger eyes India, Textile solutions, Matthew Stone

Diane von Furstenberg | Source: Baldomero Fernandez

Diane von Furstenberg on ‘the China Century’ (WSJ) “Virtually every luxury marketer has China in its sights, and while Ms. von Furstenberg is no different, she says she is taking a more personalized approach to the country’s rising middle class. They appear to be responding: She now has more followers on Weibo than on its American equivalent, Twitter.” J.C. Penney’s pressure cooker (MarketWatch) “The chief

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DVF and Mispelaere, Twitter sales, Material Wrld, Reversing Japan Inc’s decline, British reboot

Adam Rapoport | Source: The Dapper Dude

‘I am having a flashback!’ (FT) “Diane von Furstenberg, 65, invented the wrap dress in 1974 at the age of 27; in 1983 she sold her company, later moving to France. She returned to New York in 1990 and relaunched her own brand in 1997… Yvan Mispelaere, 44, became creative director of DVF in 2010, following stints at Gucci, Chloé and Valentino.” Twitter Most Likely To Convince Customers To Buy (Huffington Post)

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Right direction, BCBG struggle, Behind the catwalk, Big Bucks at NYFW, Sarah Mower on London’s rise

Derek Lam Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: NY Times

Things Turn in the Right Direction (NY Times) “As if by agreement, or maybe decree by the empress herself, Diane Von Furstenberg, the dreariness that had settled over the first days of the fall shows vanished on Sunday with collections full of great clothes in vibrant colors… Zac Posen also sent out a good collection, rich in color, though stuck in a lady-as-a-vamp time warp.” BCBG’s Off-the-Runway Struggles (WSJ)

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CEO Talk | Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Fashion Designers of America

Steven Kolb | Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

PARIS, France — The fashion world is in a tizzy. Ever since the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) laid down the gauntlet, scheduling next autumn’s Milan Fashion Week from September 19th to 24th, a massive rift has emerged amongst the fashion fraternity. New York Fashion Week, organised by the Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), is scheduled to start on the 13th of September and conclude on the 20th. London

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Global Briefing | How to Seize the China Opportunity, Beyond Store Openings

BEIJING, China — According to Bain & Company, a consulting firm, China is currently the world’s second largest consumer of luxury goods, ahead of Japan and second only to the United States. McKinsey forecasts that by 2015, China will account for around 20 per cent, or 180 billion renminbi (US$27 billion) of global luxury sales. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that a major land grab is underway amongst fashion brands

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