2009 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees

2009 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees

For the Eighth Year in a Row, Swarovski Generously Underwrites the Evening

NEW YORK, March 17, 2009 – The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced yesterday that Marc Jacobs, Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Narciso Rodriguez have been nominated for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. The 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards winners will be announced at the annual gala, generously underwritten by Swarovski, on June 15 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The official announcement of nominees and honorees was made last night at an exclusive event hosted by Swarovski and the CFDA Board of Directors at the Rooftop Gardens at Rockefeller Center.

In addition, Michael Bastian, Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders, and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein have been nominated for the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, while Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Vera Wang have been nominated for the Accessory Designer of the Year Award.

Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu have been nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. The nominees for the Swarovski Award for Menswear are Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller, and Tim Hamilton. For the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, the nominees are Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, Alejandro Ingelmo, and Albertus Q. Swanepoel. The Swarovski Award recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from Swarovski as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative CRYSTALLIZED TM – Swarovski Elements.

  • The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Anna Sui.
  • The Board of Directors’ Special Tribute will be presented to First Lady Michelle Obama.

The other special award honorees are:
Eugenia Sheppard Award – Edward Nardoza, Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Wear Daily

  • International Award – Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton
  • Eleanor Lambert Award – Jim Moore, Creative Director, GQ

"American fashion designers continue to express themselves with creative determination,” says Steven Kolb, executive director of the CFDA. “The beautiful clothes and accessories we have seen from the last two collections are a testament to their talent. And no one represents the American spirit of innovation and hard work better then this year’s roster of nominees and honorees."

"Swarovski is delighted to continue to underwrite the CFDA Fashion Awards," said Nadja Swarovski, vice president of International Communications, Swarovski. "We are pleased to have hosted the announcement event for the Awards in celebration of the nominees and honorees. We are honored to continue our longstanding commitment to supporting talent and creativity in the fashion industry in general, and particularly, to identifying and cultivating young design talent with the Swarovski Awards for emerging talents."

The nominees and honorees were selected by the CFDA membership, press, retailers and stylists. The nominees, as well as recipients of the honorary awards, were confirmed yesterday at a meeting of the CFDA Board of Directors. The final votes will be tabulated by Ernst & Young LLP, the official accounting firm of the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards.

The winners will be announced at the June 15 Awards gala.  The 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards will be produced by KCD and art directed by Laird + Partners.  Continental Airlines is the Awards’ official airline and the Waldorf-Astoria is the official hotel.

About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 340 of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers. CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate not-for-profit organization, which was organized to raise funds for charity and industry activities.

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And the nominees are…
Womenswear Designer of the Year:
Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the most outstanding contribution to and has influenced the direction of women’s ready-to-wear fashion with his or her Spring and Fall 2009 collections. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.
2009 Nominees:
Marc Jacobs
Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte
Narciso Rodriguez

Menswear Designer of the Year:
Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the most outstanding contribution to and has influenced the direction of men’s ready-to-wear fashion with his or her Spring and Fall 2009 collections. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.
2009 Nominees:
Michael Bastian
Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders
Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein

Accessory Designer of the Year:
Awarded to an American designer or a designer whose business is headquartered in the U.S. who has made the most outstanding contribution to and has influenced the direction of accessory design with his or her Spring and Fall 2009 collections. The designer selected must have his or her business based primarily in America.
2009 Nominees:
Marc Jacobs
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Vera Wang

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 2009 collections. The Swarovski Awards, originally called Swarovski’s Perry Ellis 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.
2009 Nominees:
Thakoon Panichgul
Alexander Wang
Jason Wu

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 2009 collections. The Swarovski Awards, originally called Swarovski’s Perry Ellis 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.
2009 Nominees:
Patrik Ervell
Robert Geller
Tim Hamilton

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 2009 collections. The Swarovski Awards, originally called Swarovski’s Perry Ellis 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.
2009 Nominees:
Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry
Alejandro Ingelmo
Albertus Q. Swanepoel

HONOREE AWARDS:
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:
Awarded for a lifetime of consistent, creative influence and dedication to fashion.
2009 Honoree: Anna Sui

Eugenia Sheppard Award:
Awarded to a writer, photographer, or editor who has used his or her craft to further the profession of fashion reporting and coverage, or to a creative director, fashion editor, stylist, or artist whose exceptional creativity has shaped fashion visually.
2009 Honoree: Ed Nardoza, Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Wear Daily

International Award:
Awarded to a designer working outside of America who has made an outstanding creative contribution to the world of fashion.
2009 Honoree: Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton

Board of Directors’ Special Tribute:
A special tribute by the Board of Directors of the CFDA, given from time to time to acknowledge significant contributions and commitment to fashion. In honor of First Lady Michelle Obama’s inspiration and commitment to American fashion, the CFDA will give her the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award and establish a grant in her name that will be awarded to a promising young fashion company.

2009 Honoree: First Lady Michelle Obama
Eleanor Lambert Award:
Awarded for a unique contribution to the world of fashion. Jim Moore is receiving the Award in honor of his 30+ year commitment to the menswear industry.
2009 Honoree: Jim Moore, Creative Director, GQ

Ernst & Young LLP is the official accounting firm of the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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