CFDA and Vogue Trade Proenza Schouler for Uma Wang
Call it a fashion foreign exchange program. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will launch a new initiative with China this spring when Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez trek out to Shanghai and Shanghai-based designer Uma Wang takes a bite out of the Big Apple.
With backing from Michael Kors co-chairman Silas Chou, the China Exchange program will foster talent from both sides of the globe as the East becomes a larger and more important market. According to CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, this isn’t a one-time thing, either. “We never want to do anything as a one-off. We really like to connect and invest in things that have real meaning and depth,” he told WWD.
Wang will make two visits to the states, first in May and then she’ll return for New York Fashion Week. During her stays, the designer will work with Andrew Rosen‘s Theory as well as with tanned turtlenecked titan Michael Kors and visit Barneys, Google and Xanadu itself, the offices of Vogue. Oh, and she’ll also be put up by W Hotels.
No word yet on what the Proenza kids will be doing but after such an amazing experience, by the time NYFW rolls around Wang will already have Freaky Friday’d one of them. [WWD, sub req'd]