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The finalists and honorees of the CFDA awards are out, and it’s a surprising list. Actually, that’s not true: it’s a totally predictable list, but it’s also an instructive one. It both shows how meaningless it is to define an “American” designer in a world where Americans design for foreign houses, and foreigners show in America, and how, despite the fact that the fashion schedule gets ever-more crowded, there still seems an extraordinarily thin layer of internationally recognised talent. Which points up yet another truth: there is a major flaw in the time logic of the awards system itself.
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It may have been sunny outside for the last week, but behind the fashion scenes it’s been seriously stormy, as Steven Kolb, president of the CFDA, and his counterpart in Milan, Maro Boselli, president of the Camera Nazionale, battle via email over when next year’s fashion weeks would take place. Now Diane von Furstenberg has stepped in to calm everyone down via an “open letter to the fashion community.” The essence: fashion is global (big), so let’s stop acting local (small). But is this true? The events of the last week seems to put this into question.

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We all know fashion folks are unabashed about borrowing good ideas when they see them (how do you think trends happen?), but this doesn’t just apply to cut and colour: it works for money-spinning strategies too! The CFDA just announced they were taking a pge from the British Fashion Council’s playbook (ooh sports metaphors! Gotta love em) and bringing ten of the past CFDA?Fashion Fund finalists to Paris Fashion Week Read more