Who Are The 2017 CFDA Awards Nominees? These Are Fashion's Biggest Names
On Monday, June 5, the "Oscars of Fashion," otherwise known as the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards, will take place at the Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom in partnership with Swarovski. There, fashion industry innovators, disruptors, veterans, and game-changers will gather to discover the winners in each category. Designer Diane von Furstenberg, chairwoman of the CFDA, made the announcement of this year's nominees on March 23 at Rascale Studios during a reception.
This year, the CFDA decided to combine the Swarovski Awards for accessories, both men's and women's, into a single award. Another new award for the CFDA Awards is the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. This award goes towards an individual in the fashion industry who had made a positive impact on communities in America as well as has improved the welfare of others. The first designer to receive this award will be Kenneth Cole, according to WWD.
Along with the major designers receiving their awards on Monday, the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Francesca Sozzani will receive the Fashion Icon Award, celebrating her accomplishments and groundbreaking actions as a fashion editor.
So who are this year's nominees? There are first-time nominations for emerging designers, such as Off-White's Virgil Abloh, as well as designers who have won one of the prestigious awards before, like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Check out the full roster now.
1. Joseph Altuzarra
Altuzarra is nominated for the the Womenswear Designer of the Year. He was also nominated in last year's CFDA Awards for the category.
2. Raf Simons
Simons is nominated as Womenswear Designer of the Year for his latest work for Calvin Klein. He is also nominated for his work in Menswear for Calvin Klein.
3. Marc Jacobs
Jacobs is one of the designers to be nominated for the Womenswear Designer of the Year for his work with Proenza Schouler. He is also known for his designs for his own label, Marc Jacobs.
4. Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez
McCollough and Hernandez are the founding designers of the brand Proenza Schouler. They are nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year alongside Marc Jacobs.
6. Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen
The industry's favorite fashionista twins are nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year for their line, The Row. The pair has previously won the award three times and are also nominated for the 2017 Accessories Designer of the Year award.
7. Robert Geller
Geller is a German-born American fashion designer nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year. He has previously been nominated for the category.
8. Thom Browne
Browne won the Menswear Designer of the Year for the 2016 CFDA Awards. The designer is known for his preppy looks.
9. Tim Coppens
The New York Belgian designer creates sleek, sportswear-inspired looks. He is nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year.
10. Todd Snyder
Nominated for this year's Menswear Designer of the Year, Snyder was nominated for the award in 2016 as well.
11. Stuart Vevers
Vevers is nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year for his work for Coach. He has previously been nominated for the CFDA award.
12. Irene Neuwirth
Nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year, jewelry designer Neuwirth has been known for colorful and bold necklaces and earrings. She previously won the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2014 and has been nominated for the CFDA award four other times.
13. Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel
Nominated for their label Mansur Gavriel, these two designers are nominated for another year of Accessories Designer of the Year. The brand won this category at the 2016 CFDA Awards.
14. Paul Andrew
Shoe designer Paul Andrew is nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year, which he was nominated for in 2016. Andrew won the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2016.
15. Laura Vassar Brock & Kristopher Brock
Brock Collection designers are nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent this year. The duo began collaborating after meeting at Parsons in New York.
16. Gabriela Hearst
Nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, womenswear designer Hearst has been designing for her eponymous line for about two years. Hearst is based in New York.
17. Laura Kim & Fernando Garcia
Kim and Garcia have been designing for major cool brand Monse, which led their nomination for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. They also design for Oscar de la Renta.
18. Virgil Abloh
Off-White has been seen on just about every It girl, so it's no wonder that desigenr Virgil Abloh is nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. This is the designer's first CFDA nomination.
19. Sander Lak
Designer Sander Lak has a nomination for teh Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent for his work for Sies Marjan. His label is named after his father and mother's given names.
20. Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole will receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change, a new award for this year's CFDA Awards. Cole is the first to receive this award.
21. Rick Owens
Owens will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. The shoe designer has been known for disrupting the fashion industry.
22. Pat McGrath
World Renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath will receive this year's Founder's Award. Lately, she has been known for her epic makeup products.
23. Demna Gvasalia
Gvasalia is nominated for the International Award for his work Vetements and Balenciaga. His designs have been making waves in the fashion industry lately.
24. Cecile Richards
Cecile Richards is a pro-choice activist who will be receiving the Board of Director's Tribute. She is the president of Planned Parenthood.
25. Gloria Steinem
Women's Rights activist Gloria Steinem will be receiving the Board of Director's Tribute.
26. Janelle Monáe
Actress Janelle Monáe will be receiving the Board of Director's Tribute. She is known for her avant garde looks.
27. Francesca Sozzani
The late Vogue Italia editor will be celebrated with the Fashion Icon Award for disrupting the fashion magazine industry with her editorial choices.