CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg did the honors, unveiling the checklist at a reception at Rascale Studios. The nominees are: Joseph Altuzarra, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row for Womenswear Designer of the 12 months; Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Robert Geller, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens and Todd Snyder for Menswear Designer of the 12 months; Stuart Vevers for Coach, Irene Neuwirth, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Paul Andrew and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row for Accent Designer of the 12 months; Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Assortment; Gabriela Hearst, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, Virgil Abloh for Off-White and Sander Lak for Sies Marjan for the Swarovski Award for Rising Expertise. The CFDA determined to mix the Swarovski Awards for equipment, males’s and ladies’s into one single award this 12 months.
Additionally new is the Swarovski Award for Constructive Change, which honors a person within the U.S. vogue trade who has made a constructive influence on American communities and has improved the welfare of others. Kenneth Cole is the award’s inaugural recipient.
Rick Owens, a 4-time CFDA Fashion Award winner, will obtain the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat McGrath will take the Founder’s Award. Demna Gvasalia will obtain the Worldwide Award for his work at Balenciaga and Vetements. Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monáe will obtain the Board of Administrators’ Tribute for his or her work for girls’s rights. Lastly, Franca Sozzani might be honored posthumously with the Fashion Icon Award.