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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