The Council of Fashion Designers of America (better known as the CFDA) has just announced the nominees for its annual awards ceremony, set to take place in June. The CFDA Awards are basically the fashion industry’s Oscars and they honor the best and brightest in American and international fashion, including designers spanning womenswear, menswear, and accessories.
More recently, the CFDA has begun to recognize creativity beyond fashion design too, celebrating those who have excelled in journalism, creative vision, and obviously, personal style.
See the list of this year’s nominees below. Unsurprisingly, Raf Simons gets a warm welcome to New York with two nominations, Virgil Abloh gets a nod for his acclaimed OFF-WHITE label, Rick Owens is set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and Demna Gvasalia receives the international award.
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Joseph Altuzarra, Altuzarra Raf Simons, Calvin Klein Marc Jacobs Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year
Raf Simons, Calvin Klein Robert Geller Thom Browne Tim Coppens Todd Snyder
Accessories Designer of the Year
Stuart Vevers, Coach Irene Neuwirth Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, Mansur Gavriel Paul Andrew Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock, Brock Collection Gabriela Hearst Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Monse Virgil Abloh, Off-White Sander Lak, Sies Marjan
Swarovski Award for Positive Change
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Demna Gvasalia, Vetements and Balenciaga
Board of Directors’ Tribute
Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem, and Janelle Monáe
Fashion Icon Award
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