But recently, I found myself scrolling through the members page of the CFDA website and... color me pleasantly surprised!
Love by Richard Chai Spring 2010 courtesy of Style.com
The designers who make up this elite group are not only a more diverse bunch than I had assumed but many are cited today as true innovators in the global fashion community.
They are the ones:
- making new trends every season at New York Fashion Week (Marc Jacobs),
- dressing the First Lady (Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, Zero + Maria Cornejo),
- partnering with famous teen bloggers on Target collaborations (Rodarte),
- bringing a Margiela-like discipline to affordable design series (Slow and Steady Wins the Race) and
- singlehandedly resurrecting the "It Bag" (Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler)...
Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 courtesy of Style.com
Rodarte Spring 2010 courtesy of Style.com
Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2010 courtesy of Style.com
Regular readers of this blog know how much I love independent and emerging fashion designers, and I never expected to come to this simple conclusion: that there are many CFDA designers out there making cool things happen. So the real question is: has my taste become more "mature" or has the aesthetic of the CFDA started to shift? Are you as surprised as I am? Do you have any favorite CFDA designers? Thoughts? I'd love to hear them.