Not just another celebrity line: Rachel Zoe's label gets seal of approval from fashion industry as she gets inducted into CFDA
02:16 GMT, 12 June 2012
Fashion approval: Rachel Zoe became one of the CFDA's newest members
Proving herself worthy of designer status, Rachel Zoe has received her seal of approval from the fashion community as she became one of the CFDA's newest members.
Along with critically acclaimed designers Joseph Altuzarra,Tabitha Simmons and Pamela Love, the celebrity stylist-turned-designer is one of the CFDA's 26 newly ratified members.
The announcement, made today, cements the 40-year-old's designer status, leaving any sniggers surrounding her relatively successful foray into retail firmly behind.
The CFDA now has a roster of 472 American
fashion and accessory designers that the non-profit organisation
supports through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of
companies offering designers strategic opportunities.
The devoted fashion horse, who graduated to the runway for her fall 2012 collection after several seasons of presentations, is proving that her brand expansion – from stylist, to reality TV star, and now bona fide designer – is at least the result of good business sense, if nothing else.
A big part of the Ms Zoe sales-driven formula is her dedication to choice.
While she has own now-trademark style, she decidedly isn't in the business of forcing it.
Instead, she offers clients printed pants in both slouchy, flared and skinny styles, blazers that are cropped, or not; and according to the designer, women of varied ages are wearing her designs to their bat mitzvahs, proms, and weddings.
Resort 2013: Rachel Zoe's most recent collection included her signature Seventies style, with plenty of choice for accessories
Colour blocking: The celebrity stylist-turned-designer showed a selection of suits in bold, bright colours, with the 70's creeping in through faux fur and flared pants
Catering to as many as possible has always proved good business sense, and with the support of the CFDA, she is sure to quickly, in fashion terms, turn her growing brand into a now-likely empire.
The CFDA also extended Diane von Furstenberg’s run as president for another two years, her fourth term leading the organisation.
Founded in 1962, the CFDA aims to advance the status of fashion design as being part of American art and culture; and most-notably, to raise its artistic and professional standards, defining a code of ethical practices throughout the industry.