2017 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees Announced

After weeks of anticipation the CFDA Fashion Awards have announced their nominees and honourees for its 2017 Fashion Awards, which will be held June 5 in New York City.

Raf Simons. Photo Credit: The Industry London

For the coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, Calvin Klein’s new creative director Raf Simons will compete with Marc Jacobs, Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra, design duos Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of New York-based label Proenza Schouler, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row.

The annual event also features a diverse group of honourees including American sportswear designer Rich Owens, who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kenneth Cole, who is the recipeint for the Swarovski Award for Positive Change  for his work in publicly supporting AIDS awareness and research and various social issues including abortion.

Kenneth Cole 2011 Campaign. Photo Credit: art8amby


Read the full list of nominees and honorees, below.

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Joseph Altuzarra, Altuzarra
Raf Simons, Calvin Klein
Marc Jacobs
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year
Raf Simons, Calvin Klein
Robert Geller
Thom Browne
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder

Accessories Designer of the Year
Stuart Vevers, Coach
Irene Neuwirth
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, Mansur Gavriel
Paul Andrew
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent
Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock, Brock Collection
Gabriela Hearst
Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Monse
Virgil Abloh, Off-White
Sander Lak, Sies Marjan

Swarovski Award for Positive Change
Kenneth Cole

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Rick Owens

Founder’s Award
Pat McGrath

International Award
Demna Gvasalia, Vetements and Balenciaga

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

Fashion Icon Award
Franca Sozzani