According to WWD, designer brands rag & bone and Prabal Gurung have pulled out its New York Fashion Week Shows from The Shed at Hudson Yards. Prabal Gurung initially announced the change on social media last Thursday followed by rag & bone who confirmed that it will be switching venues due to the backlash against real estate developer Stephen Ross.
Ross’ Related Cos. – the company behind Hudson Yards, SoulCycle and Equinox – hosted a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his Hamptons home on August 9, with tickets that went up to $250,000 USD each. After news broke out, Gurung took to his Twitter account expressing his anger towards Ross’ support for the U.S. president.
Designers like Humberto Leon and Dana Lorenz have also expressed their outrage towards the matter where Lorenz “posted a formal letter to CFDA chairman Tom Ford and chief executive officer Steven Kolb on her Instagram account, canceling her membership to the organization.” Equinox and SoulCycle have also released statements on cutting ties with the real estate developer, confirming that they had nothing to do with the fundraiser and that its company profits have not been used to fund politicians. Take a look at the statements and letters linked below for more details.
In other fashion-related news, Anna Wintour has received a new promotion at Condé Nast.
7/10: My goal here is to start a dialogue and maybe, hopefully, change some minds.
I was previously in conversation with Hudson Yards’ The Vessel as the venue for my brand’s upcoming 10 year show during NYFW. When I heard about this fundraiser, I chose to pull my participation.
— Prabal Gurung (@prabalgurung) 7 August 2019
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Dear Mr. Ford, Mr. Kolb, members and board of the CFDA, Effective immediately, I regretfully but with great certainty, cancel my membership to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. After many years of membership I will no longer participate if a woman that funds the current administration remains on the board. I will no longer be a part of what seems to be allowing a pay for play, money over merit arrangement with someone that clearly wants to advance an agenda that is hurting many businesses large and small with this trade war. I do not feel her views speak for me as a member and I will not allow her to make decisions on my behalf. I thought about this decision well, and although I appreciated support in the beginnings of my career, I no longer feel the membership represents me. I will fondly remember hearing I was nominated for a CFDA Award, I will gratefully remember my time as a CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund nominee, and I will always be thankful for your ear, Steven. However, after emailing you about concerns as to the board seat of Mrs. Ross I was met with a response that felt very much like the pacifying public statements from SoulCycle and Equinox. I was told “not our problem” and to focus my energies elsewhere. So I will. The annual membership dues and future high priced tickets to awards will be spent fighting what this administration is destroying, specifically equal rights and climate change. Yesterday, while Mrs. Ross was putting finishing touches on her Trump fundraiser, I was making sure my sobbing housekeeper had her entire family’s documents in order, a woman with 3 years citizenship living in fear. It is not enough to post rainbows on your Instagram feed. Do something. As a side note, the Fashion Fund is irrelevant unless it is entirely made up of sustainable designers. FALLON JEWELRY
A note from our CEO pic.twitter.com/UwxBWR76B0
— SoulCycle (@soulcycle) 7 August 2019
— Equinox (@Equinox) 7 August 2019