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WME/IMG officially acquires MADE Fashion Week

NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – WME | IMG today confirmed the acquisition of MADE Fashion Week. Founded in September 2009 to support emerging designers, MADE Fashion Week has featured approximately 30 runway shows and presentations each season from designers including Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Theallet, Ohne Titel, and Alexander Wang.

Through this acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as a separate entity while strategically aligning with WME | IMG to provide additional opportunities and creative resources for both entities’ designers and partners.

“As we reimagine New York Fashion Week with new venues, experiences and platforms for the industry, we are excited to add MADE Fashion Week to our portfolio,” said Catherine Bennett, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties. “This acquisition creates new opportunities for all our designers and partners to grow and evolve their businesses not only during fashion week in New York, but globally throughout the year.”

MADE’s leadership team, including Keith Baptista, Partner and Managing Director at Prodject and Partner at OBO Paris; Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk Studios; and Jenné Lombardo, Founder of The Terminal Presents, will continue to oversee MADE Fashion Week’s day-to-day operations and consult on WME | IMG’s broader fashion events strategy.

“MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible,” said Keith Baptista, a founder of MADE Fashion Week. “As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices. We are thrilled to be part of the team, and excited for all that the future holds.”

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week Spring 2016 Collections will take place September 10-17, 2015.

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Peter Dundas Named New Creative Director For Roberto Cavalli

After leaving his post as creative director for Emilio Pucci, it was rumored that Dundas may have gotten an offer from another fashion house. And it seems as if the rumors are correct. It was announced eariler in the week that Peter Dundas will be taking the reigns over at Roberto Cavalli. Dundas started designing at Pucci in 2008. However, he served as head designer for Cavalli from 2002-2005. “This is a homecoming for me. It is an honour for me to continue to evolve the wonderful world of Roberto Cavalli and I am very excited by the possibilities and potential of this unique brand. I cannot wait to get started,” he told fashionone.com. His first collection back with Cavalli will be held in September 2015 for the Spring/Summer 2016 season.

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The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees Announced!

MARCH 17, 2015

“We’ve had a great board meeting today, a very fun one,” CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg told guests at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, kicking off the announcement event for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees and honorees.

Von Furstenberg proceeded to unveil the first of several honorees of the night: Betsey Johnson, who is receiving the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Award. Johnson jumped – not cartwheeled –  on stage and took to  the Swarovski crystal-adorned podium to give an impromptu, unplanned acceptance speech. “I am so sorry, I just want to say this is the ultimate beyond, Oh My F G moment and I didn’t think I would ever want it because I didn’t want to be 72,” Johnson, in one of her dresses from 1965, said. “I love our  club, I love what you have done with it. I love the money we have raised for AIDs and Breast Cancer and beyond.”