As executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Steven Kolb is one of the industry’s most powerful players. Kolb, who is quite stylish in his own right, is largely responsible for the the growth, health and future of American fashion. By nurturing young design talent, solving Seventh Avenue issues, lobbying for design piracy legislation and planning some of New York’s most prestigious events, Kolb bolsters the industry and makes the city, and the country, a far chicer place. Glam checked in with the ultimate fashion insider to get the scoop on his fashion week plans. ~Nola Weinstein
What’s your Fashion’s Night Out strategy?
The organizers have been loaned a fleet of New York City Taxis branded with the Fashion’s Night Out logo so I will be in a yellow cab all night. I am going to try and visit as many stores as I can with a big focus on CFDA members who have shops – Billy Reid, Selma Optique, Charles Nolan, John Bartlett and Norma Kamali to name just a few.
What are the sure signs it’s New York Fashion Week?
Every morning my desk is stacked and my email in box is filled with invitations.
How many shows do you attend each season?
Usually close to 70 shows. I try to go to most CFDA members and all the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists plus it is a good time to scout out new members.
With so many amazing new talents making their debut each season, what makes a designer worthy of admission to the CFDA?
It starts with talent. We like designers that have a point of reference and who are original and creative while keeping their customer in minds.
How do you stay healthy and energized throughout fashion week?
I avoid late night parties and start my morning with 150 push ups.
What will you be wearing this season?
Always American. I wear Rag +Bone, Ralph Lauren, Loden Dager, Richard Chai, Calvin Klein, Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian but am always open to new names and looks.
Where will you be wining and dining this season?
At the 8th Street Wine Cellar (28 West 8th Street) After a day of rushing around and crowds I like the warm and friendly ambiance.
There is an awesome wine menu and some great tasting food. The best bruschetta in town.
What’s the most stylish place in New York?
It has to be the Highline. The crowd is very cool looking and friendly. It is like a big giant green ribbon.
What cartoon character do you most identify with?
I guess I am both Peabody and Sherman from Mister Peabody and Sherman. They used to travel back in time as a lesson to the present. I always think what happened prior can help determine best course of action today. They make a perfect combination of decisiveness and energy.