The Council of Fashion Designers of America has unveiled the nominees and winners of the 2021 CDFA Fashion Awards.
The awards will take place on November 10 at Pool + The Grill in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue. The event marks a return to an in-person format following the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards digital outfit via CFDA’s Runway360 platform on September 14, 2020.
This year’s nominees for the American Women’s Clothing Designer of the Year award are Catherine Holstein for Khaite; Christopher John Rogers; Gabriela Hearst; Marc Jacobs and Peter Do.
The nominees for American Menswear Designer of the Year are Emily Adams Bode for Bode; Jerry Lorenzo for the fear of God; Mike Amiri for Amiri; Telfar Clemens for Telfar, and Thom Browne.
For American Accessories Designer of the Year, the contenders are Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row; Aurora James for Brother Vellies; Gabriela Hearst; Stuart Vevers for Coach and Telfar Clemens for Telfar.
The nominees for American Emerging Designer of the Year are Edvin Thompson for Theophilio; Eli Russell Linnetz for BRE; Jameel Mohammed for Khiry; Kenneth Nicholson and Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen.
The nominees for International Female Designer of the Year are Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta; Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga; Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada; Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus.
Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta is shortlisted for International Male Designer of the Year; Dries Van Noten; Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Rick Owens and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.
The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert will go to Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge, a call urging retailers to devote 15 percent of their storage space to black-owned businesses.
The environmental sustainability award will go to Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and equipment company based in Ventura, California.
The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard will be presented to Nina Garcia, Editor-in-Chief of Elle, who is also a judge on the Bravo / Lifetime reality show, “Project Runway”.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dapper Dan, designer and mercenary based in Harlem, NY.
Yeohlee Teng, the fashion designer who moved to New York from Malaysia to study at Parsons School of Design and started her own brand, Yeohlee, in 1981, will receive the tribute from the board.
Additional rewards will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
“The 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards mark the highly anticipated in-person return of our biggest fundraiser for the CFDA scholarship program,” said Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of CFDA. “We are also incredibly happy to see several talented names among the nominees for the first time. American fashion is experiencing a resurgence of energy and designers play an important role in the future trajectory of our industry.
Nominations for each award category were submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, made up of CFDA members, as well as top fashion retailers, journalists and stylists.
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