CFDA 2017 Nominees

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The votes are in! The 2017 nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (aka the CFDA) were announced Thursday night at the penthouse of the West Village event space Ramscale. Diane Von Furtsenberg and Steven Kolb of the CFDA made the announcement as fashion’s heavyweights gathered to listen.

There are some first time nominees and some changes that were made to the categories. The Swarovski Award – known for womenswear, menswear, and accessories – has been combined to the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. Off White’s Virgil Abloh is also a first time nominee.

Known for honoring greats such as Beyonce and Rihanna, this year’s Fashion Icon Award will be honoring the late Franca Sozzani. Sozzani passed away last December and was an iconic fashion journalist and editor at Vogue.

See the list below for the rest of this year’s nominees and honorees:


Fashion Icon Award: Franca Sozzani

International Award: Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and Balenciaga

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Owens

The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Pat McGrath

Board of Directors’ Tribute: Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, and Janelle Monáe

Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Kenneth Cole


Accessories Designer of the Year:

Stuart Vevers for Coach

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row,

Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: 

Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year:

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Robert Geller

Thom Browne

Tim Coppens

Todd Snyder

Womenswear Designer of the Year: 

Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Marc Jacobs

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row

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