Diane Von Furstenberg has been heading up the CFDA as the organization’s president since 2006, and this past week the board unanimously voted to extend that tenure for two more years.The thing is, this wasn’t the first time her reign got lengthened. Her position was supposed to be up in 2012 but that was extended by board vote as well.
“Diane has done an excellent job as CFDA President,” said the organizations CEO Steven Kolb, during that extension. “The time and resources she gives and the vision she has created is a huge benefit our organization and industry.”
During her time a the helm, membership of the organization has gone from 271 members to 478. The latest batch of members which include names like Tim Coppens, Jonathan Simkhai, Marc Alary, Clare Vivier, Ernest Sabine of Ernest Alexander and Veronica Miele Beard as well as Veronica Swanson Beard of Veronica Beard, number 30 and will be celebrated at Kenneth Cole’s home this Fall. Those new members were named at the board meeting as well.
Of the most recent extension of Furstenberg’s leadership, Kolb told WWD “An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organizational development.” We suspect that the current reorganization of New York Fashion Week has something to do with this all.
As the lease for Lincoln Center ends soon and will likely not be renewed, DvF has been vocal about moving fashion week to the new Hudson Yards developments and the CFDA at large have taken a firmer hold on fashion week, working with the Fashion Calendar and designers to organize the schedule in a way that lessens conflicts, though some are inevitable with the amount of designers who are showing.
Furstenberg also launched the Business Services Network has focused on the health of models with the Health initiative and has focused on helping protect original desigs for designers and fighting counterfeits.
Long Live Diane.