Tom Ford steps down as CFDA Chairman and Bob Mackie responds to Kim K’s Met Gala outfit. Stay up to date with the latest international fashion news of the week.
Tom Ford steps down as CFDA president
After three years, Tom Ford steps down as president of the CFDA. Her tenure began in 2019, taking on the role of Diane von Furstenberg. Over the years as president, he started A Common Thread, overseeing $5 million in donations to the American fashion industry. Ford will remain as chairman until May 31, and he will remain in an advisory role until the CFDA finds a replacement. The CFDA must vote for the new president.
“When I began my role as chairman in June 2019, my goal was to help the American fashion industry become more globally recognized for its talent and significance,” Ford said in a statement. “I could not have imagined the extraordinary circumstances the industry and the world would have to navigate – that a pandemic would shut down the world and change the course of our lives and businesses forever.”
Bob Mackie Responds to Kim K’s Met Gala Dress
American designer and legend Bob Mackie has reacted to Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala outfit. Kardashian shut down the fashion world when she wore Marilyn Monroe’s infamous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress in 1962 to the Met Gala. The dress was originally designed by Bob Mackie and produced by Jean Louis and is the most expensive dress of all time, selling for $4.8 million in 2016.
Kardashian borrowed the dress from Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, donning the dress for a few minutes on the red carpet before wearing a replica immediately afterwards. “I thought that was a big mistake,” Bob Mackie said of Kardashian’s dress choice. “[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody shoots like that. And it was made for her. It was designed for her. No one else should be seen in this dress.
The schedules of the men’s fashion week are here
It’s that time of year again – Men’s Fashion Weeks are just around the corner. The first show will take place in London, June 11-13. This year, LFW will showcase emerging designers from the region. Pitti Uomo will be back June 14-17, celebrating its 102nd year with a “Pitti-Island” theme. Milan Fashion Week will take place from June 17-21, with shows from Fendi, Prada and Giorgio Armani. It will be followed by Paris Men’s Fashion Week, June 21-26, with collections like Y/Project and Rick Owens.
Louis Vuitton renews its contract with Nicolas Ghesquière
Nicolas Ghesquière remains at Louis Vuitton. The CEO of the French fashion house, Michael Burke, has confirmed that the contract will be renewed with Ghesquière. It comes as rumors swirled that he would step down as creative director of women, following the passing of Virgil Abloh. In a statement to Vogue Business, Burke said he “categorically” denied that Ghesquière would leave his post.
Jacquemeus announces an external CEO
Bastien Daguzan is the new external CEO of Jacquemus. It comes after designer and founder Simon Porte Jacquemus oversaw the label’s management for 13 years. Daguzan was previously CEO of Paco Rabanne from 2017 to 2022. Previously, he was CEO of Lemaire from 2013 to 2017. Daguzan will use this period to further develop the business, following its expansion into menswear in 2019.
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