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CFDA discusses race issue in fashion

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Though strides have been made in recent years to address the lack of colour on the runways, race remains a touchy subject within the fashion industry.

In an effort to tackle the issue head on, the Council of Fashion designers of America (CFDA) held a panel discussion in New York recently on the subject led by industry activist Bethann Hardison. With heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Edward Emninful, casting director Anita Britton, Elle’s Samira Nasr and Laird+Partners’ Hans Dorsinville participating in the conversation, the scene was set for a lively exchange, through the resulting candid manner in which the talk played out.

“It has been something that concerns me as I grew up in the industry,” Hardison, a pioneer of diversity in fashion said at the discussion, according to a blog on the CFDA website.

“The fashion industry has struggled a great deal with diversity,” the former model added. “If television can be diversified, so can we.”

Hardison pointed to the late 1980s and early 1990s as a moment in fashion when the ethnic makeup of modeling began to diversify, but that didn’t last long, prompting Naomi Campbell and Talley to approach her with the plea to champion change. The first town hall meeting on the topic was held in 2007.

A takeaway was how different people have different takes on diversity, which can range from models and designers to age and size.

Bitton, a native of England, recalled how, when she started out back home, “It wasn’t a question of race but class. I came to New York very neutral and green. There’s a lot to be said for the word inclusive.”

Enninful said that when he plans a shoot, he looks for a character that fits the concept. “Beauty for me is beauty — whether it’s black or it is Asian, it doesn’t matter for me. I only use whoever is right for the story.”

Dorsinville said there is a “continuum” from runway to advertising—when it’s a mass brand, there is an opportunity to create a campaign feature a diverse group of multiple models, whereas a designer may just be looking for a face – a muse – to represent the brand, limiting options.

Gurung added that “Race is an issue that is not just in fashion. We need to address that immediately. As a designer, I want to work with the best girls, who are the best girls for me. Sometimes, an agent says ‘If you want this black girl, you have to use this white girl,’ whom I may not like.”

“Diversity, not just in race but also age and size, is very important to me,” he added.

Nasr, who is Lebanese and Trinidadian, said the issue of diversity reaches beyond models, and includes the designer community and other professional fashion environments. Addressing the audience, which also included models of diverse backgrounds and modeling agents, she noted, “This is most colorful room I ever seen in the fashion industry, and I want to say if we want to have change, we need to grow this room.”

Charleston Fashion Week announces full runway schedule

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bakers_160044170377Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week 2014, announces its full runway schedule to be held March 18 – 22, 2014 under the tents in Marion Square, Charleston, SC. Showcasing both established and emerging fashion designers, Charleston Fashion Week has become one of the premier fashion events in North America.

Each night CFW will feature runway shows by five emerging designer contestants, select local retailers, and featured designers, headlined by Timo Weiland on Saturday March 22, 2014.

In addition to the schedule, twenty emerging designers will be competing throughout the week to make it to the finals on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and be crowned the Grand Prize Winner. Competing for a prize package valued at over $20,000, the Emerging Designer Winner will be judged by a VIP Fashion Panel.

About Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland is both the co-founder and creative director of his self-named brand, Timo Weiland. Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and later collaborated with designers Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang to produce a men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2010.

Timo Weiland works with established luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, and Moda Operandi. Celebrities the likes of Krysten Ritter, Levin Rambin, and Taylor Lautner are supporters of Timo Weiland and are often seen wearing their designs on the red carpet.

Weiland was selected to sit on the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Incubator programs and was also an International Woolmark prize finalist in 2013. In 2011, Timo Weiland was first nominated for the Ecco Domani Foundation Award for his women’s and men’s lines and later won the award in 2014.

About Brandon Sun

Brandon Sun began his fashion career after graduating from Parsons School of Design where he was honored with the coveted “Designer of the Year” title and the Gold Thimble. After his graduation, Brandon began working with distinguished American luxury brands: J.Mendel and Oscar de la Renta. Within five years at J.Mendel, Brandon rose from Design Assistant to Designer, honing his technique in couture, tailoring, ready-to-wear, and fur. Brandon joined Oscar de la Renta as Design Director for the fur division, and later he launched his own signature collection of luxury fur accessories with distinguished international retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hirshleifers, and others.

20 designers reach semifinals of Charleston Fashion Week

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Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week (CFW) is proud to announce the long-awaited Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists for CFW 2014.

Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top Design 20 were selected from the 175 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway.

The five-day event showcases collections by emerging designers, spectacular designer runway shows, glamorous style lounge, and after-parties.

Scheduled for March 18-22, 2014, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week will continue its mission to serve as a pipeline to career success for undiscovered talent in fashion design. CFW, in its eighth year, offers aspiring designers exposure and mentorship from fashion industry leaders.

This years fashion panel includes New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, fashion designers Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos, and Cator Sparks fashion industry journalist; Editor in Chief, TheManual.com.

Semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five each night—Tuesday through Friday—with hopes of moving on to Saturday’s Finale event. There finalists, in front of both fashion industry leaders and a large audience, will compete for the CFW Emerging Designer: East title and the Grand Prize.

The 2014 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to début their collections at CFW are:

Angela Bacskocky, Virginia

Anna Toth, North Carolina

Cori Spade, North Carolina

Deanna Ansara, New York

Ebony White, New York

Felicia Barth-Aasen, Georgia

Justin LeBlanc, North Carolina

Kaitlyn Machos, South Carolina

Leah and Rebecca Plante, New York

Maria-Teresa Peña, New York

Noelle Stanley, South Carolina

Nkundwe Kasyanju, New York

Paola Ricardo, New York

Rebecca Walker, North Carolina

Sarah and AnnaKay Winford, Alabama

Stephanie J. Perry, Georgia

Terese Brown, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Saini, North Carolina

Yuyan He, Georgia

Zachary Howell, Georgia.

About Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America.

Named the Biggest Style Event in the South by The Daily South and profiled on CNN, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2013 event held under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, featured more than 45 runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging

Fern Mallis to advise Emerging Fashion Designers at CFW

Charleston Fashion Week 2013 (CFW), announces fashion industry leader Fern Mallis will join as Fashion Panelist in its Emerging Designer Competition: East for the third consecutive year.

Scheduled for March 19-23, 2013, Charleston Fashion Week will continue its mission to serve as a pipeline to career success for undiscovered talent in fashion design. CFW, in its seventh year, offers aspiring designers exposure and mentorship from fashion industry leaders in addition to producing a professional runway show.

“I’m thrilled to join the Fashion Panel at CFW once again,” says Mallis. “It brings me great joy to share my personal experience with emerging designers in hopes of contributing to their success.”

Mallis is widely known for her role as Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion and is hailed as the creator of New York Fashion Week, where she served as Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for 10 years. Currently, she hosts the prestigious conversation series, Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, at New York’s 92nd Street Y, which has featured in-depth interviews with Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, and Michael Kors. Additionally, she hosts fashion industry talk show Fashion Insiders with Fern Mallis on Sirius XM’s flagship celebrity talk channel, STARS.

Under the guidance of Mallis and other past Fashion Panelists at CFW, Emerging Designer participants’ collections have progressed to New York Fashion Week, BARNEY’S New York, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and ShopBop.com. CFW’s Emerging Designer competitors and their work have catapulted to television’s Project Runway and NBC’s Fashion Star; they’ve graced pages of Women’s Wear Daily, VOGUE, Teen VOGUE, ELLE, NYLON, and Marie Claire, among others.

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Charleston Fashion Week has become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. 2012’s event held under the tents in Charleston, SC, featured 45+ runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East, and Rock the Runway Model Competition. CFW 2013 is scheduled for March 19-23.

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