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CFDA Award Nominations Revealed; SNL’s Seth Meyers to Host Ceremony

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) president and GapKids collaborator Diane von Furstenberg last night opened up her Meatpacking District wonderland to host a party at which the nominees and honorees for this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards were announced. Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Updater Seth Meyers will host this year’s awards ceremony, set for June 4 at Lincoln Center. Among the other surprises: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row has made the leap from Swarovski Award contender (the five-year-old label was nominated last year but bested by Prabal Gurung) to the big show: womenswear designer of the year, where the diminutive duo will duke it out against veteran winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler (the boys are going for a three-peat) and Marc Jacobs, who already has a trio of womenswear trophies at home. The main menswear field consists of Billy Reid, Patrik Ervell, and Simon Spurr, and Reid may pull off an upset of his two oft-nominated peers. Over in accessory design, Wang and the Proenza boys will, for the second year in a row, compete against Reed Krakoff, who deserves the win just as much as he did last year. As for this year’s special honorees, Tommy Hilfiger will receive the lifetime achievement award, Johnny Depp will be feted as a fashion icon (the first male recipient to receive that honor), and street styling couple Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman and Garance Doré will be honored with the media award. Taking home the international award: the one and only Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons (note to the CFDA: get John Waters to present this one). Keep reading for the Swarovski Award nominees.

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the greatest impact as an emerging new talent in womenswear design with his or her spring and fall 2012 collections. The Swarovski Awards were established to recognize and support the talent and creativity of the next generation of American designers. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.

  • Chris Peters and Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind
  • Joseph Altuzarra
  • Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno

    Swarovski Award for Menswear
    Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the greatest impact as an emerging new talent in menswear design with his or her spring and fall 2012 collections. The Swarovski Awards were established to recognize and support the talent and creativity of the next generation of American designers. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.

  • Antonio Azzuolo
  • Phillip Lim
  • Todd Snyder

    Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
    Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the greatest impact as an emerging new talent in accessory design with his or her spring and fall 2012 collections. The Swarovski Awards were established to recognize and support the talent and creativity of the next generation of American designers. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.

  • Irene Neuwirth
  • Pamela Love
  • Tabitha Simmons
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