CFDA stands for the Council of Fashion Designers of America and it is an organisation which aims to protect America’s fashion designers as well as harnessing their talent. The annual event recognizes the  outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from  all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for  design excellence in womenswear, menswear and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and  lifetime achievement.

CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said, “this year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CFDA, we can see what a critical role the CFDA Fashion Awards continue to play in our efforts to promote American Fashion.This year’s nominees truly represent the important influence of American design.  We look forward to once again honoring the best and brightest talent working today. Winning a CFDA Fashion Award is the highest and one of the most coveted honors one can receive in our industry.”

Ashley and Mary Kate Oslen who are nominated for the award of Womenswear Designer of the Year


And the Nominees are…

Womenswear Designer of the Year;
Marc Jacobs

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough

Lazaro Hernandez

Menswear Designer of the Year;
Patrik Ervell

Billy Reid

Simon Spurr

Accessory Designer of the Year;
Alexander Wang

Reed Krakoff

McCollough and Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Swarovski Award for Womenswear

Joseph Altuzarra

Chris Peters and Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind

Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Antonio Azzuolo

Todd Snyder

Phillip Lim

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Tabitha Simmons

Pamela Love

Irene Neuwirth

And the winners of selected awards are as follows;

International Designer of the Year

Rei Kawakubo

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Tommy Hilfiger

Fashion Icon of the Year
Johnny Depp

The Founders Award
Andrew Rosen

The Media Award
Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

I am sure there will be an extremely extravagant award ceremony and after party with all the nominees and fashion elite in attendance. Although we’ve got a long time to wait as the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards don’t take place until Monday, June 4, I still can’t wait to see all of the dresses!