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Even as Covid-19 has redefined how we view fashion (hello sweatpants and Zoom-ready ‘fits), fashion organizations are still pushing to highlight designers and brands however it can. The Council of Fashion Designers of America — otherwise known as the CFDA — is still planning on hosting its annual CFDA Fashion Awards, and on July 20, it announced its nominees.
The in-person event, which was originally scheduled for June 8, was indefinitely postponed because of the outbreak. Now, the winners will be announced on CFDA.com and the CFDA’s social channels on Sept. 14, right in time for the kickoff of New York Fashion Week.
While fashion commentators like myself get excited by award shows that aim to spotlight the hottest brands in the industry, we can’t deny that the conversation always shifts back to fashion’s exclusiveness. For years, fashion has been called out for its lack of diverse and inclusive voices at its table, challenging both brands and consumers to be cognizant of their messaging and support.
“In this time of unprecedented challenge and change for our industry, we feel very strongly that it is it important to recognize the nominees representing the best of fashion creativity,” Tom Ford, Chairman of the CFDA, said in a press release. “We look forward to returning to an in-person celebration honoring the American fashion industry in 2021.”
“In lieu of the in-person event, we will be prioritizing new and existing programming to support our designer community during the global pandemic — by redirecting efforts towards next-generation scholarships and making important changes to bring racial equity to the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “The annual gala serves as our largest fundraiser, and our hope is to continue raising money to support this work through industry contributions.”
So who made the cut? According to a press release, nominations for each award category were submitted before the March 13 deadline by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, made up of members of the CFDA, along with top fashion retailers, journalists, and stylists.
*In my announcer voice* Here are the nominations:
American Womenswear Designer of the Year:
American Menswear Designer of the Year:
American Accessories Designer of the Year:
- Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
- Gabriela Hearst
- Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
- Stuart Vevers for Coach
- Telfar Clemens for Telfar
American Emerging Designer of the Year:
- Christopher John Rogers
- Kenneth Nicholson
- Peter Do
- Reese Cooper
- Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud
Global Women’s Designer of the Year:
- Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
- Dries Van Noten
- Miuccia Prada for Prada
- Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino
- Rick Owens
Global Men’s Designer of the Year:
- Craig Green
- Dries Van Noten
- Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
- Kim Jones for Dior
- Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton
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