Fashion

03.12.14

President Obama Shops at the Gap; Vanessa Friedman Replaces Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes at 'The New York Times'

And the CFDA announces its 2014 nominees.

President Obama Shops at the Gap: When President Obama arrived in New York City Tuesday afternoon, there was a lot of national business to attend to—two Democratic fundraising events and, of course, a stop at retail chain, the Gap. Shopping for his wife and two daughters, Obama's visit follows The Gap's recent decision to substantially increase its minimum hourly wage, a goal POTUS has made a priority for companies nationwide. “[I] believe the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” President Obama laughed as a store's cashier told him he definitely looked better in person. [Wall Street Journal]

Venessa Friedman Joines The New York Times: When long standing New York Times fashion critics Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes announced their departures from the newspaper, rumors immediately began to circle as to who would fill their coveted roles. On Wednesday, it was announced that The Financial Times's fashion editor Vanessa Friedman would become Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, filling both shoes at once. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to The Times,” executive Jill Abramson said. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.” [WWD]

CFDA Announces 2014 Fashion Award Nominees: On Tuesday night, the CFDA and Swarovski announced this year’s nominees for the organization's fashion awards, taking place later this year. With no surprise, many big names were announced, including Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, and the Olsen twins. CFDA President Diane von Furstenburg will also present highly-coveted achievement awards to Tom Ford, Raf Simons, and Diversity Coalition founder Bethan Hardison. [Style.com]