The fashion set gathered at the New Museum on March 16 to hear the announcement of the nominees and honorees for the annual CFDA Awards. The list read like Academy Award nominations — names were familiar, and there were few surprises.
For the Women’s Wear Designer of the Year Award, the nominees are: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.
It’s worth noting that all five design entities have won the award in previous years; four were nominated as recently as last year. As well, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler and The Row are up for another category win: Accessory Designer of the Year, facing off against cult handbag creators Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel (Swarovski winners in 2015), as well as jeweler Irene Neuwirth (Swarovski winner for accessory design in 2014).
Nominees for Men’s Wear Designer of the Year seem equally old hats. They are: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School (who won the award in 2014), Thom Browne (who won the award in 2013), Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone (who won the award in 2010), Tim Coppens (winner of the 2014 Swarovski Award for men’s wear) and Todd Snyder (a Swarovski Award nominee in 2012).
The Swarovski Award nominations, however, nodded to newer blood. For women’s, the nominees are Brandon Maxwell (Lady Gaga’s stylist), Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse, and Ryan Roche. The men’s category candidates are Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley of Orley, Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, and John Elliott. Accessory design nominees are milliner Gigi Burris, footwear designer Paul Andrew, and Aurora James of shoe label Brother Vellies.
Other awards to be given out at a June 6 ceremony at Hammerstein Ballroom are:
Donna Karan, Founder’s Award
Norma Kamali, Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Alessandro Michele (creative director of Gucci), International Award
Imran Amed (founder of The Business of Fashion), Media Award
A special Board of Directors Tribute will be awarded posthumously to music icon David Bowie, who died in January, thereby sparking a wave of Ziggy Stardust-inspired looks on the Fall 2016 runways from New York to Paris.
And a Fashion Icon Award, which in previous years has been bestowed upon Lady Gaga and Rihanna, will be announced closer to the award ceremony.
— Michelle Tay