The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are one of the most prestigious fashion councils in the world and are home to over 450 fashion and accessory designers. A non-profit organisation, it was started in 1962 and pays tribute to some of fashion’s biggest and most talented household names. Since 2009, the talented and fierce Diane von Furstenburg has been at the helm as President of the Council with Steven Kolb as its CEO. The council’s mission is to recognise and strengthen the influence of American designers in the global market and has honoured fashion’s biggest players as well as working for charitable organisations. This year is no different as the CFDA has nominated names such as Marc Jacobs, The Row (run by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and Alexander Wang. W Magazine recently ran an article showing designs by all the nominated designers this years. This collection of photographs really summed up how talented these designers are and why exactly they have been nominated for such prestigious awards across menswear, womenswear and accessories. I’ve featured the photographs below so you can have a look and see who’d be your winner for the CFDA awards 2014. All photographs were taken by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo.
Women’s Wear Category
Women’s Wear Nominees from left to right: Joseph Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs & Alexander Wang. Previous winners of this category include Proenza Schouler, The Row, Marc Jacobs and Rodarte.
Accessories Nominees from left to right: Proenza Schouler, The Row & Alexander Wang. Previous winners of the category include Phillip Lim, Reed Krakoff, Alexander Wang and Alexis Bittar.
Men’s Wear Category
Men’s Wear Nominees from left to right: Public School, Rag & Bone & Thom Browne. Previous winners of the category include Thom Browne, Billy Reid, Michael Bastian and Rag & Bone.
Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear Category
Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear nominees from left to right: Wes Gordon, Creatures of the Wind & Rosie Assoulin. Previous winners of the category include SUNO, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu.
Swarovski Award for Accessories Category
Swarovski Award for Accessories Nominees from left to right: Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher & Marc Alary. Previous winners include Pamela Love, Tabitha Simmons, Eddie Borgo and Alexander Wang.
Swarovski Award for Men’s Wear Category
Swarovski Award for Men’s Wear Nominees from left to right: Hood by Air, Todd Snyder & Tim Coppens. Previous winners include Public School, Phillip Lim, Robert Geller and Richard Chai.
International Award/Lifetime Achievement Award
International Award winner Raf Simons of Dior and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Marc Jacobs. Previous winners include Rei Kawakubo and Tommy Hilfiger, Phoebe Philo and Marc Jacobs, Christopher Bailey and Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui.
Fashion Icon Award
Rihanna has been awarded the Fashion Icon Award this year following in the footsteps of some extremely stylish women and men including Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman!
Until next time,
All CFDA photos c/o W Magazine and severinafashion.com