Meet the CFDA’s Newest Members

Gabriela Perezutti of Candela NYC
Jana Matheson of Judith Leiber
Jean-Michel Cazabat
Jeffrey Monteiro of Bill Blass
Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra
Judy Geib
Kerry O'Brien of Commando
Lauren Moffat
Leann Nealz of Juicy Couture
Lisa Perry
Merritt Elliott & Emily Current of Current/Elliott
Nili Lotan of Nili Lotan Design Studio
Pamela Love
Paul Marlow of Loden Dager
Rachel Dooley of Gemma Redux
Rachel Zoe
Shimon & Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia and Sons
Tabitha Simmons
Tadashi Shoji
Vince Camuto of the Camuto Group
Yvan Mispelaere of Diane Von Furstenberg
Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs
Meet the CFDA’s Newest Members
Coomi Bhasin of Coomi
Gabriela Perezutti of Candela NYC Jana Matheson of Judith Leiber Jean-Michel Cazabat Jeffrey Monteiro of Bill Blass Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra Judy Geib Kerry O'Brien of Commando Lauren Moffat Leann Nealz of Juicy Couture Lisa Perry Merritt Elliott & Emily Current of Current/Elliott Nili Lotan of Nili Lotan Design Studio Pamela Love Paul Marlow of Loden Dager Rachel Dooley of Gemma Redux Rachel Zoe Shimon & Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia and Sons Tabitha Simmons Tadashi Shoji Vince Camuto of the Camuto Group Yvan Mispelaere of Diane Von Furstenberg Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs Meet the CFDA’s Newest Members Coomi Bhasin of Coomi
By Valis Vicenty June 18, 2012
Grew up in Uruguay and became fashion focused after modeling in her early 20’s

Created line of South American-inspired looks in 2004 with Natalia Kuks-Jacobs

Draws inspiration from old family photos as well as nature and urban life
Has designed for brands like Badgley Mishka and Banana Republic

Describes her style as classic and simple, allowing her to indulge in her love of accessories

She may be expanding her repertoire to footwear, home, ready-to-wear in the near future
Cazabat is fascinated with cord and wood platform sandals that were the it shoe of French women in the '60s

Began his career as a buyer and store manager for shoe designer Charles Jourdan and later relocated to New York to serve as president of Stephane Kelian

Started off designing women’s shoes and later expanded to menswear
Born in the Middle East and raised in Australia, he studied Fashion Design in Melbourne and launched his first label, Jeffrey Monteiro, in 1996

Previously worked with designers like Derek Lam and the now-defunct, Mayle

Keeps balance by meditating twice a day before collections are due
Before striking out on his own, Altuzarra worked under the likes of Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Proenza Schouler

His biggest design idol is Tom Ford

Draws inspiration from emotional movie soundtracks and music
Self-taught jewelry designer

Inspired by modern architecture, spinning tops, embroidered lace, kaleidoscopes

Works with simialr colors and stones: opals, Ceylon moonstones, emeralds, deep pink tourmalines, and clear blue aquamarines and sapphires
Studied at Bentley College and prepped for a future in politics or journalism

Served as senior vice president of a major New York PR firm before going Commando

Runs Her Look Enterprises with her husband, Ed Biggins
Studied fashion design at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and fine art later on at Chestnut Hill College

With a love of anything vintage and prints, she considers herself an eclectic “thrift shop” girl style

Collaborates with boyfriend, Rob Pepin, who helped her start the line
Served as Chief Design Officer of American Eagle since 2004 before becoming President and Chief Creative Officer of Juicy Couture

Began her career as a stylist for Calvin Klein

Was one of the original designers for Theory working alongside Andrew Rosen
Influenced by 1960s pop art and designers like André Courrèges

Created special edition collections in honor of artists like Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein

Expanded her line to include childrenswear and home décor
Have been working together in LA for over a decade

The pair met at UCLA where both studied Sociology and were drawn to one another’s innate sense of style

After snapping up vintage jeans, ripping them up, tailoring them to their own preferences, and getting noticed, CURRENT/ELLIOTT was born
Attended Shenkar Fashion Institute in Tel Aviv

Relocated to New York and became head designer of Nautica and Ralph Lauren after designing for Adrienne Vittadini and Liz Claiborne

Her vision stems from the idea that style comes from within and is experiential
Received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film production and concentration in art and public policy

Her line began after having difficulty finding jewelry that fit her roles as artist’s assistant and art director and stylist for photo shoots, music videos and films and made her own pieces out of her basement

She's inspired by her favorite artists, as well as her passion for nature and science
Started in New York as a costume designer for a non-profit theater company that lead to films and performance art pieces

Began working with Marc Jacobs in 2001, where he met Oliver Helden, and met for coffee weekly, leading to the start of their line

He and his co-designers share art, music, film, photos with each other for inspiration
Started her line while studying for the Bar exam in New York

She was first noticed when her mixed media chunky necklaces found their way onto the set of Gossip Girl

She’s drawn to the contrast of industrial metals and high end gems and the excess of large pieces
Before she started styling, Zoe worked at publications like Gotham and YM Magazine

She's set to appear in a new documentary “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” along with Karl Lagerfeld and CFDA President, Diane Von Furstenberg

She’s added balance to work and motherhood by recently naming her newest handbag after her son, Skyler Morrison
The twins grew up in Brooklyn and never attended fashion school

Ariel’s obsession with pens has made its way into their line – all of their jackets have a pen pocket

They love clothes that "actually serve a purpose,” like military-issued jackets
She's worked for Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein and contributes to publications like Vogue and Dazed & Confused.

She wasn't allowed to wear heels when she was growing up

Deems Manolo Blahnik as one of her design icons after seeing a pair during her time at a shop when she was a student
Grew up painting and drawing, moved to Tokyo to study fine art, and apprenticed under artist Jiro Takamatsu

Worked with costume designer Bill Whitten as a student, creating designs for a number of stars

He focused his niche on special occasion dresses after recognizing a void in the contemporary market
Co-founded Nine West in 1978 and served as Nine West Group’s creative director, and later, chief executive

The crest that appears on his products is his family’s actual family crest, which he found in his father’s Hometown of Genoa

Collaborated with Jessica Simpson to build her shop-in-shop for Macy's
Learned the ropes as the assistant of Clause Montana, head of Haute Couture at the House of Lanvin, for five years

Previously worked under Phoebe Philo at Chloé and headed the women’s design studio at Gucci

Has helped Diane Von Furstenberg breathe new life into her line with magnified prints and bold, bright colors
Both attended Parsons School of Design with Carly attending both campuses in Paris and New York

Both of their senior collections were featured in a cover story for Women's Wear Daily

Carly was a design intern at Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler and Oscar De La Renta while Michelle interned at Isaac Mizrahi Made to order, Chado Ralph Rucchi, and Marc Jacobs before banning together
The CFDA recently announced the newest members to join the organization. Meet and learn a few fast facts about the new and familiar faces entering the trade association that are set to become even bigger fashion forces in the future.
Crafts handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are focused around a unique stone.

Graduated with a textile degree but completed her thesis in jewelry

Established a career in engineering in commercial building but later switched to making jewelry
The CFDA recently announced the newest members to join the organization. Meet and learn a few fast facts about the new and familiar faces entering the trade association that are set to become even bigger fashion forces in the future.
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