The Counsel of Fashion Designers of America chairman Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Swarovski Crystal Business announced its list of honorees and nominees for the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards to be held June 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. On Wednesday evening at the Nominee & Honoree Announcement cocktail party held at the New Museum the names of nominees and honorees were unveiled for what is the biggest honor in the fashion industry.
Women’s Designer of the Year:
- Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra
- Marc Jacobs
- Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
- Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte
- Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for the Row
Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear:
- Brandon Maxwell
- Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse and Ryan Roche
- Rio Uribe for Gypsy Sport
- John Eliott, and Alex Matthew and Samantha Orley for Orley
- Aurora James for Brother Vellies
- Paul Andrew
Accessory Designer of the Year:
- The Olsen’s for The Row
- Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
- McCollough and Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
- Irene Neuwirth
The late David Bowie will receive The Board of Directors Tribute, and Norma Kamali will receive The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Donna Karan will receive the Founders Award at the 2016 CFDA Awards. In years past the CFDA Awards ceremony was held at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center where guest were served cocktails followed by the awards ceremony, however this year’s ceremony will take place at Hammerstein Ballroom where guest will be served dinner.
“The CFDA Fashion Awards honor the best and brightest talent in American Fashion today,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “A CFDA Award is one of the most coveted honors in the fashion industry.”
Many of the who’s who in the fashion industry were present at the Wednesday nights cocktail party, even the Queen herself Anna Wintour(see pic 2 of the slideshow) made an appearance. For a full list of the 2016 CFDA Nominees and Honorees
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