Taking to Instagram instead of their usual cocktail party (a sure sign-of-the-times), the Council of Fashion Designers of America revealed their nominees and honorees for this year’s 2018 CFDA Awards.Certainly not a Fashion Week rundown of models or even a MET event, the CFDA is people-in-the-industry recognizing other people-in-the-industry.
The event, to be hosted by Issa Rae, creator of HBO’s “Insecure,” sees some returning nominees, some repeated new categories and plenty of notables recognized. They include; Raf Simons, once again nominated for both womenswear and menswear Designer Of The Year. Paul Andrew, Stuart Vevers (for his work with Coach), Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel (working with Mansur Gavriel), Irene Neuwirth and for their work with The Row, the dynamic duo of fashion Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen all nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year. Of those ‘newer’ awards, Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent’s nominees are Mike Amiri, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Sander Lak for Sies Marjan and Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss.
Honourees include, Diane von Furstenberg being presented with The Swarovski Award for Positive Change, The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert going to Caroline Herrera and The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award going to Narciso Rodriguez.
The International Award will got to Donatella Versace this year. Even with the airing of the controversial FX show “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” the sister of the famous designer seems to have kept her moda creds. In fact, many are commenting on how she is indeed facing a ‘comeback’ of her brand and popularity. Her CFDA might prove to be just another credit in her march back to prominence.
Even with venue changes in the past few years and the addition of new categories, the CFDA seems to march on into the future. The 2018 CFDA Awards takes place 6/4 at the Brooklyn Museum, the 2nd time this venue is hosting.