Vote for president

The New York Times published an article today about the upcoming selection of a new president for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Apparently, it’s being reduced to a popularity contest between Joseph Abboud and Diane von Furstenberg. Mucking up matters, Ms Wintour took it upon herself to endorse Ms. von Furstenberg.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour…lyrically described Ms. Von Furstenberg as “perfectly poised for her potential new position,” which it said was “an ideal spot from which to power-share.”

Evidently I’m not the only one who thought this untoward. The current president of CFDA said the same in no uncertain terms and reiterated that the selection would be made by the board.

There is also a contingent of less celebrated designers, some of whom said privately that they would support Mr. Abboud because he is the underdog. Ms. Wintour’s endorsement of Ms. Von Furstenberg may also have agitated designers who feel ignored by the magazine. It is as if the unpopular kids are seeking their revenge.

Of course, there is a little intrigue. Nicole Miller, another board member, said that when Mr. Abboud first proposed himself, Ms. Von Furstenberg suggested he would make a good president. “I was under the impression she was behind Joseph,” Ms. Miller said. “I was surprised when she wrote everybody a letter saying she wanted the job.”

By way of explanation, von Furstenberg explains

…the council needed a more exciting candidate. She added that her example as president could inspire other marquee designers to run in the future.

oh great. Like we need more drama in fashion. If I could ask the average person one thing, I’d ask, isn’t project runway enough for you? Haven’t we done enough for you in the drama department? Honestly, I really don’t care. Do any of you? For the heck of it, I’ve created this dandy poll. Feel free to express your presidential selection or as the case may be, cynicism.

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7 Comments on "Vote for president"

9 years 10 days ago

Oh bummer. Breaking news from WWD (sub req’d) says that Diane wins.

The results from the F-I poll are:
75.8% Couldn’t care less
14.5% Joseph Abboud
9.7% DVF

9 years 13 days ago

JC I totaly agree with your post. I read Manolo’s take on project runway. I believe he’s got it pegged. I guess if you have talent that’s great but you better have some drama too or you will not get on the show. Reality t.v. what can I say.

9 years 13 days ago

Manolo posted his take on PR 3rd season. I’m not a good judge (not being a fan of PR) but his post seems to be a thoughtfully considered analysis of the cast and his picks for the upcoming season. Interesting.

Karen C.
9 years 13 days ago

Re: Project Runway. As a former semi-finalist for another “designer” reality show, trust me, they really do want the drama before the talent. But I do think there is definitely some talented designers on Season 3, which is refreshing. And, alas, some of this talent also has a talent for drama. But IT is TV.

J C Sprowls
9 years 13 days ago

I feel you… I caught the premiere of Season 3 last night – you know, when they’re filtering through the cattle call…

I saw several talented folks whose working style is professional and realistic. One of the judges said something to the effect of: “what does this garment tell me about you, as a designer?” I never once heard anyone say: “I show up, I deliver when I say I will, my process is efficient, and it’s replicatable.”

I was uncertain if the judges were looking for wearable art or strong design skills. I saw several people who already had lines saying they wanted to use the show as a platform to increase the exposure of their lines.

I found that candid response to be refreshing and real. Unfortunately, the producers (or, whomever) elected to not invite these honest folks to the game. Presumably, because they knew too much about the real world to make for “good entertainment”.