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CFDA Voted To Extend Diane von Furstenberg's Presidency

Jul 18, 2014 12:36 PM EDT
Diane von Furstenberg
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Diane von Furstenberg is having quite the year.

Not only is the designer celebrating the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, but the Council of Fashion Designers of America also unanimously voted to extend her term as president through 2016 at its board meeting on Thursday.

"The board's unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is a testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership. An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organizational development," CFDA CEO Steven Kolb told WWD of von Furstenberg, who was named president of the organization in 2006.

That wasn't the only decision made at Thursday's board meeting though.

Thirty designers were also officially added to the CFDA. The new designers are: Tim Coppens; Carlos Campos; Jonathan Simkhai; Marc Alary; Paige Novick; Johnny Talbot of Talbot Runhof; Edun's Danielle Sherman; Veronica Beard's Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard; Liya Kebede of Lemlem; Kristy Caylor of Maiyet; Whit's Whitney Pozgay; Linda Balti of Amour Vert; Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein; Raan Parton and Shea Parton of Apolis; Ashley Pittman; Ben Burkman and Doug Burkman of Burkman Bros; Selima Design's Virginie Promeyrat; Clare Vivier; Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi of L.A. Eyeworks; Ernest Sabine of Ernest Alexander; Eva Fehren's Eva Zuckerman; Jussara Lee; Ulla Johnson; Ruthie Davis; Cynthia Sakai of Vita Fede and Sharon Khazzam.

"These designers are not just uniquely talented but they also represent, through their businesses, an important contribution to the American economy and job creation," Kolb told WWD.

What do you think of the CFDA's decision to extend von Furstenberg's presidency to 2016? And what do you think of the group's 30 new members? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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