With the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards just around the corner, we’ve heard some pretty unsettling rumors—check those out on fashionista.com. But rather than pointing fingers, lets take a look at the positive buzz surrounding this year’s nominees.
Conceived of to recognize outstanding talent and contribution to American fashion by all levels of industry professionals, this year’s awards are being held on June 7 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center—the new home of New York Fashion Week starting in September 2010. Nominees were announced on March 7 at CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking District Studio, and are listed below.
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone
ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
EUGENIA SHEPPARD AWARD
Kim Hastreiter, Paper Magazine
ELEANOR LAMBERT AWARD
Tonne Goodman, Vogue
FASHION ICON AWARD
SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD
Just garnering a nomination is huge for both the seasoned and young American designer alike. Alexander Wang is a heavy contender against respected industry veterans Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. And Jason Wu has our vote for the highly coveted Swarovski Award for Womenswear. On the men’s front, while Tom Ford is still reveling in the success of “A Single Man,” we foresee a major showdown between the dapper designer and up-and-comers Rag & Bone and Michael Bastian. But who will win the vote of the CFDA committee, remains to be seen. Stay tuned for updates following the event on June 7.