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Today Michael Kors announced that Hillary Clinton would be the first recipient of the God’s Love We Deliver Michael Kors Community Service Award at the big GLWD awards shindig in October. The gong will be presented to her by…guess who?…Michael Kors! In case anyone needed any more re-inforcement of the fact that if HRC does decide to declare her candidacy for President, the industry will be right there in her corner.
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If anyone wants to know the difference between Milan and New York fashion, the two cities that are most often seem as similar in their focus on the commercial as opposed to the insanely creative/conceptual, simply consider two recent pieces of news from over the pond: first, in her official term 2 Flotus portrait, Mrs O is wearing Reed Krakoff; second, the CFDA has hired Boston Consulting Group to help them determine their goals for the next five years. Fashion-as-business! It doesn’t get any clearer than that.

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Here is a Christmas wish, courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg, who issued it during a conversation last friday: Bernard Arnault should take his place as the elder statesman of fashion (after all, he pretty much invented it as an industry) and solve the fashion week date problem once and for all. Read more >>

In response to DVF’s “open letter to the fashion community” on Monday about the 2012 September fashion week dates comes a response letter today from Mario Boselli, in which he explains his side of the story. This is getting personal!

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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 >>

September is both Back to School! and Back to Fashion Week!, and sic discussion with my children about what they are looking forward to, I’ve been mulling over what Iam looking forward this fashion season, which begins in NY on Thursday. For what it’s worth, here’s what I expect to be the best topics of discussion over dinner or cocktails:
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The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) nominations have been announced, and guess what: of the six major awards, three designers represent almost one fifth of the nominees. Makes the options looks pretty thin, no?

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