The CFDA appointed Steven Kolb as interim presidentwho during this time has been the CEO of the organization, and the board of directors plans to vote for a definitive replacement at the end of the year to take office in January 2023.
Among Ford’s initiatives has been diversify the composition of the board and improve the inclusion of designers and brands of minorities and women, coinciding with the demands for racial justice and equality in the United States after the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the outbreak of the Black Lives Matter movement.
also wanted boost the visibility of the fashion sector of the country with the so-called “U.S. Collections Calendar”, to which it gave priority and temporary flexibility as opposed to a more compact New York Fashion Week, spread over fewer days.
Some think that fashion is just about making beautiful clothes and accessories
“Some think that fashion is just about making beautiful clothes and accessories, or running catwalks, dressing celebrities and throwing parties, without considering the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, or that the fashion industry fashion is a $3 trillion industry that employs millions of people“, he explained.
“The pandemic challenged us all to think about our businesses differently, from the design process to production, through how we contact and speak to our clients,” added the designer, who will remain on the board of directors.