The Council of Fashion Designers of America just named 31 new members. They include the expected, like Alexander Wang and Chris Benz, and MObama favorites Jason Wu and Maria Pinto. They also include the unexpected: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who front the Row and Elizabeth & James. It’s a significant step for an industry that has for so long seemed to shun celebrity designers. Landing a spot in the CFDA is a mark of the industry’s respect and support. It says, “Welcome to the elite special High Order of Fashion. You are one of us now.” CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg has a habit of inducting a high number of new members each year. CFDA executive director Steven Kolb said, “Diane’s whole approach to fashion and design is inclusiveness. She always refers to the CFDA as her extended family.” She does seem to be chummy with the Olsens, and even dressed them for the 2008 Met gala. But will their inclusion in the CFDA make way for members who were famous for other things before they created clothing lines? Justin Timberlake? Victoria Beckham? Jennifer Lopez? Lauren Conrad? Jessica Simpson? We’re not sure we’re ready for this.
CFDA Taps 31 New Members [WWD]