Tom Ford Becomes Chairman of Council of Fashion Designers of America

Designer Tom Ford will become the new Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America . He succeeds Diane von Furstenberg, who has headed the organization for 13 years.

Designer Tom Ford will become the new Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America . He succeeds Diane von Furstenberg, who has headed the organization for 13 years.

The award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer Tom Ford will succeed current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg effective June 2019, writes the CFDA.

The Texas-born designer introduced a heady combination of glamour and sensual desire into American fashion.. Ford eagerly embraced smart women with sex appeal believing that women could be both. From the website:

American born Ford began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, and joined the CFDA in 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

In April 2005, Ford created his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford was previously the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.

Current Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Diane von Furstenberg and incoming Chairman Tom Ford.

Current Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Diane von Furstenberg and incoming Chairman Tom Ford.

A Week Of Karlie Kloss 'Project Runway' + 'Kode With Karlie' News Is Buried By Ivanka Tweet

Cast of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’

Cast of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’

Season 17 of ‘Project Runway’ premiered on Bravo this week. No longer on Lifetime where the show was hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway 2019 on Bravo is hosted by Instagram hit, supermodel Karlie Kloss, who willingly gave up her Victoria’s Secret Wings and flew the coup to follow her own business-savvy and philanthropist-activist instincts. Think Kode With Klossy tech summer camps.

Inclusive, articulate and very 2019, the show’s progressive-mindset designer Christian Siriano replaces Tim Gunn. ELLE editor-in-chief Nina Garcia is the only returning judge, with designer Brandon Maxwell and former “Teen Vogue” EIC Elaine Welteroth rounding out the fab five.

Variety shares their positive review of the show’s “warmer, fuzzier” atmosphere and “for the people” approach in a TV genre known for its rough edges. This is no ‘Apprentice’, which might be why the always poised and articulate Kloss might let have privately let loose with a private “oh damn” when doing a last 3 days Google search. (It seems unlikely that Karlie drops F-bombs.)

Alas, the media and its readers have one obsession according to Google: It’s not clear who is driving the Karlie news car, and I fear it’s media insuring Ivanka Trump’s gushing dominance of Karlie’s headlines. Yes, they are snarky, because we all feel that Ivanka never misses an opportunity to ride Karlie’s progressive coattails in the news — as if Karlie’s well-earned hato-effect will somehow ruboff. But we could choose — indeference to Karlie Kloss — to let Ivanka’s gushing Twitter commentary go silently into the night.

Unlike Ivanka Trump, Karlie Kloss is INDEED self-made. No Russian mafia Don sold condos for cash to finance her solidly Midwestern upbring. Kloss has married the man she loves — Joshua Kushner — with a complicated family situation, as they say.

When a public-adulation sister-act only goes one way, it’s because the other party typically prefers to control her or his own narrative.

The always-astute Kloss knows that America thrives on any news, especially nuggets of dissonance between Karlie and Ivanka. Then we have dissonance between Karlie and Taylor Swift. The always chirpy, super-smart, business-savvy, socially-conscious Kloss always takes the high road, but surely she hides an inner primal scream when others co-opt her achievements.

In a week where Karlie has to be thrilled about the debut of Project Runway on Bravo, in the top 25 cable shows among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, America wants to talk Ivanka. You can compare the ratings against Project Runway on Lifetime from October 2017. There’s always confusion about a show moving from one network to another, and here’s where Karlie’s social media presence comes into play. We’ll check back in a few.


The other headline that got our attention is Karlie taking to the streets of Manhattan to share the news that applications are open for her Kode With Klossy tech summer bootcamp.


Out of deference to Karlie, we’ll keep our lips zipped, except to ask: “Seriously, can you see the other blonde in this convo running around Soho with her mobile signup stand in tow, getting the word out on her determination to teach girls to code. If you say “yes’, we say “You’re fired!” Read on at People.


Kylie Jenner Unseats Mark Zuckerberg As Forbes Youngest Self-Made Billionaire


Reality TV ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star turned makeup mogul Kylie Jenner has unseated Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as Forbes Youngest Self-Made Billionaire. Her three-year-old makeup brand ‘Kylie Cosmetics’, solely owned by Jenner, is now valued at $900 million.

The expansion of ‘Kylie Cosmetics’ to a new partnership with Ulta Beauty ‘s 1000-plus stores reportedly generated $54.5 million in six weeks, making it one of the fastest-growing cosmetic brands in the world.  Kylie Cosmetics launched in 2015 with the Lip Kit and now includes 30 products including highlighters, setting powders, blushes and makeup brushes. The launch at Ulta in physical locations in all 50 states was considered a blockbuster, with inventories wiped out in hours.

“It’s the power of social media,” Jenner says. “I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything.” Forbes writes: “Ulta and Jenner are a sensible pairing. With Ulta’s mix of pricier prestige brands, like MAC Cosmetics, and cheaper selections, such as Nyx Professional Makeup, it has a larger footprint than that of its closest competitor, the more expensive Sephora. “

Kylie, the youngest of the ubiquitous Kardashian-Jenner sisters at age 21, dethrones Mark Zuckerberg who achieved the youngest self-made billionaire at age 23. In addition to her 175 million followers on social media, Kylie Jenner has a one year old daughter Stormi with rapper and boyfriend Travis Scott.