Demna and Balenciaga’s Infinite Playlist, CFDA’s Black Advisory Board, and more of the news you missed

CFDA Announces Black Advisory Board
On September 1st it was announced that designer Tracey Reese and recently appointed CFDA president CaSandra Diggs will serve on the organization’s newly formed Black advisory board. Along with Bozoma Saint John from Netflix and Stacie Henderson from Fashion Tech Connects, the board will focus on creating more opportunities for Black talent within the American fashion industry. It will also be implementing equity and inclusion programs for both the industry and the CFDA itself. Steven Kolb, the co-executive chairman of the CFDA, said in a statement, “These fundamental changes to the organization allow us to bring important perspectives to the fashion industry.” [Vogue]

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CFDA News! Today, we announced several strategic moves to expand the organization’s development of new programming to create opportunities for Black talent in fashion. The CFDA has created a separate Black advisory board responsible for all CFDA efforts on inclusivity, diversity and equality. The new structure is led by CaSandra Diggs (@casdiggs), who was recently named President of the CFDA reporting to CFDA CEO Steven Kolb (@stevenkolb). The Board will be chaired by Executive Board Vice Chairwoman Tracy Reese (@tracy_reese) as she leads decision-making and vision in this important work. Board members include Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr (@samiranasr), Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John (@badassboz), Fashion Tech Connects Co-founder Stacie Henderson (@stacie64130), and Martin Cooper (@martincooper_nyc), CFDA member and Co-founder of The Punctilious Mr.P’s Place Cards Company. In addition, Bonnie Morrison (@fiercegrandma) will be joining the CFDA in a newly created role to lead the strategy and execution of CFDA equity program initiatives with the goal of building pathways of opportunity for Black creatives and professionals in fashion. Morrison recently founded the Morrison Strategy Partners consultancy. Previously, she has held positions at Coach, Condé Nast, KCD, and PR Consulting.⠀ ⠀ “In June, we outlined specific initiatives with the goal of bringing an end to racial injustice in the fashion industry,” said @TomFord, Chairman of the CFDA Board of Directors. “The organization has put in place a structure to execute this strategy and we are firmly committed to creating systematic change in our industry that will empower the critical voices that need to be heard.”⠀ ⠀ Head to our link in bio to learn more.

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Instagram’s Eva Chen Returns to Print
Former editor and Instagram’s current director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen has returned to print, however briefly, guest-editing Grazia Italia‘s latest issue. Focusing on freedom of expression and how important it is for traditional media and digital platforms to support one another, Daily Front Row reports Chen said, “I want to dedicate this Grazia issue to everyone on Instagram who, thanks to their courage and strength, are fighting for change. This issue does not celebrate perfection, but rather authenticity. It’s an ode to uniqueness rather than minorities, to the sense of community and kindness.”

Milan’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards Go Digital
The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, a highlight of the Milan Fashion Week schedule, will be going ahead this year—but the attendees will be holograms, according to Livia Firth, who works in partnership with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana to produce the awards. In addition to the ‘grams, incorporated into the event will be a mixture of digital effects, film, and augmented reality. “It almost felt like the Middle Ages in terms of what you can do with technology. We wanted to approach it in a different way,” said Firth. Will the Tupac hologram make the guest list? [Vogue]

Demna Gvasalia Teams Up with Apple Music
Fresh off of donning Cardi B as the face of Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia further expresses his love of music by launching next week a playlist series curated by Balenciaga muses with the first being a whopping 13 hours and coming from Gvasalia himself. Titled Hello, My Name Is Demna, Vogue reports Gvasalia will align special-edition product drops around the release of each playlist.

Caroline de Maigret & Ali Latif took over our Instagram Live
If you missed this week’s IG live interview with Caroline de Maigret and Ali Latif, you can watch it here.


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