fait accompli ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē , ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta- noun
: an irreversible accomplishment
The term fait accompli has appeared in 14 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 30 in “Who Are You Wearing and Where Did They Donate?” by Vanessa Friedman:
The pitch is simple: Stylist and celeb pick the dress or tux (and shoes and jewels and watch) said celeb wants to wear, whether because of a contract or because they love it or both. Then RAD goes to the brand and asks it to donate to the charity of the star’s choice. (The brand decides how much.)
And then, when clothes get mentioned, so does the donation — on the carpet during interviews, as well as in social media posts and news releases.
… The donation piece of the agreement is not part of the bidding war for a celebrity; it happens after the fashion conversation has become a fait accompli. (RAD is not a nonprofit, and Ms. Phillips and Ms. Martin take a 15 percent administrators’ fee from the brands on top of the donations, 33 percent of which they in turn donate to charity. Despite the Tinseltown economics, the goal is to eventually turn RAD into a B-corp.)