In a recent interview with BoF, recently appointed CFDA chief Tom Ford is calling for American fashion to be more inclusive and become global. “He’s a cross between a Rolls-Royce and the Marlboro Man,” Ms. von Furstenberg told me. At a time when Donald Trump’s America is turning away from the rest of the world, Mr Ford, who has spent half his life working and studying in Europe, says he will reach out because “if American fashion is going to flourish, it has got to drop the idea that it’s American fashion and become global.”

“It’s a turbulent time in some ways for fashion, which has been rightly criticised for its lack of inclusivity, for not having enough women in C.E.O. positions,” Ms Wintour said. “These are things Tom cares about.”

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