2013 CFDA Nominations Announced

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On Wednesday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America revealed their nominees and honorees for the trade organization's 2013 awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on June 3 in New York. The announcements were made at an event hosted by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski, whose Swarovski Crystal brand is the annual ceremony's underwriting partner. 

The prestigious awards are considered the Oscars of fashion, with past honorees including of Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Pierre Cardin.

While heavy-hitting names are on this years nominee list (Jacobs is up for Womenswear Designer of the Year, as is brand new Balenciaga helmer Alexander Wang), a bevy of lesser-known American design talents are making appearances, too. 

Among them are designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, whose innovative Public School label of Japanese streetwear-inspired, English-tailoring-infused separates is up for a Swarovski Award for Menswear. And Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of Suno, who got a Swarovski Womenswear Award nod for the second year in a row. 

Two of the three nominees for the Swarovski Award for Best Accessory Design are L.A. based jewelry designers Irene Neuwirth (whose colorful, natural-stone creations are worn by the likes of Scarlett Johannson and Emma Stone) and Jennifer Meyer (Katie Holmes and Jennifer Aniston are fans of Meyers' delicate, playful pieces). 

Being honored at the Lincoln Center ceremony is two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who will receive a Board of Directors' Tribute Award. 

See the complete list of nominees, below. 

International Award: Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci

Media Award: Tim Blanks

Founders Award: Oscar de la Renta

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang

Board of Directors’ Tribute Award: Costume designer Colleen Atwood

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Irene Neuwirth
Jennifer Meyer
Pamela Love

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder
Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

Swarovski Awards for Womenswear
Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis
Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters
Cushnie et Ochs’ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

Accessory Designer of the Year
Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Phillip Lim

Menswear Designer of the Year
Michael Bastian
Thom Browne
Duckie Brown’s Steven Cox and Daniel Silver

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Marc Jacobs
Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez


Photo: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who took home top CFDA womenswear honors for their work on The Row last year, attended Wednesday's festivities in CFDA's New York headquarters.