CFDA—if you speak fluent Fashion, you already know the meaning and significance of those four little letters. However, for the fashionably ambivalent, the acronym isn’t so widely recognized. In a very unscientific, albeit enlightening, Videofashion study, we hit the concrete to see if any random New Yorkers could tell us what “CFDA” stands for.
“CFDA? [thinks for a long time … tick, tock … ] Center For Drugs and Alcoholism?” – Suit (nice try)
“Creative Fellows Drinking Absinthe?” – Creative Fellow (We smell a trend …)
“The CFDA is, umm … the Coalition For Dramatic Artists?” – Assumed Dramatic Artist (getting closer!)
“Cool Female Dating Association?” – Cool Female (presumably needs a date)
“Catholics Falling Down Around … [laughs]. Is it at least Catholic?” – Presumed Catholic (we give up)
Marc Jacobs backstage with his Trova after receiving the 2011 CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award–that’s one dapper duo!
With the 2012 CFDA Awards taking place next Monday, June 4, here in the Big Apple, we thought it was about time to bring everyone up to speed on the CFDA—The Council of Fashion Designers of America—and what exactly this half-century-old, not-for-profit trade group does for our fine industry! Established by ground-breaking fashion publicist and arbiter of style, Eleanor Lambert, in 1962, the CFDA has since flourished into a supremely well-dressed body of over 400 American fashion and accessory designers, with a purpose of advocating for, celebrating, and nurturing design talent. Through the CFDA’s annual awards ceremony, and various scholarship partnerships and professional development resources—including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Fashion Incubator—the organization underscores the historical and cultural import of the American fashion industry as it honors members of the larger design community and fosters the Ralph’s, Donna’s, and Marc’s of tomorrow!
Now that all the Creative Fellows and Cool Females have the CFDA 411, let’s get down to the real important stuff—red carpets, celeb’ plus-ones, and shiny trophies! The CFDA Awards are unofficially dubbed the “Academy Awards of Fashion,” and Oscar has met his match in the CFDA Trova—the little molten man every CFDA Award nominee hopes to take home! The annual awards ceremony will be back on New York’s Upper West Side next Monday, attracting a throng of influential CFDA members, gifted nominees, their famous friends, and this year’s ceremony host, SNL’s Seth Meyers, to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
As in past years, the 2012 roster of nominees and honorees has us seeing stars—literally:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Will the Proenza Schouler boys take this title for a second year in a row? Or will the Olsen twins prove It Takes Two ( … of a Kind! Yeah, we went there …), and accept their first Trova for The Row? Wildcard—Marc Jacobs. Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is back in the nominee pool this season. This
could will be interesting …
Finale at Proenza Schouler’s Autumn/Winter 2012-13 show. The guys are nominated for two CFDA awards this year–Womenswear and Accessory Designer of the Year. #nobigdeal #bravo
Menswear Designer of the Year: Our favorite Southern gent’, Billy Reid, is in the running, up against the oft-nominated Patrik Ervell, and—low and behold!—our favorite British-American gent’, Simon Spurr! Predictions?
Accessory Designer of the Year: 2011 winner Alexander Wang is in the running again this year, up against doubly nom’d Jack & Lazaro. Rounding out this talented trio: two-time Accessory Design winner, Reed Krakoff. Our guess is as good as yours …
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent—Womenswear: Chris Peters and Shane Gabier of Creatures of the Wind bring Chi-town style to the nominee pool, while reigning 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra is also in the running. Finally: will it be good style karma for ethical fashion designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno? Tight race—any ideas?
The A/W 2012-13 collection from Swarovski Award for Womenswear nominee, Creatures of the Wind.
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent—Menswear: It’s been five years since Phillip Lim took home this award for Womenswear, and in 2012, his popular menswear collection has been shown some nomination love. But don’t count out much-buzzed-about first-time nom’s, Antonio Azzuolo and Todd Snyder! Who’s your pick for the menswear win?
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Will LA’s Irene Neuwirth take home award bling? Not if NYC jewelry maven Pamela Love has anything to do with it! Perhaps shoe designer Tabitha Simmons has the heart and *sole* to claim the crystal?
The following ultra-accomplished honorees won’t be sitting on pins and needles Monday night—they’ve already been selected for their respective awards! This year’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will go to four-time CFDA Award winner and King of Preppy with a Pop, Tommy Hilfiger! The 2012 Media Award will go to sartorial lovebird bloggers, Scott Schuman and Garance Dore (awww …). Captain Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka aside, we think Johnny Depp’s distinctive, unpredictable personal style has more than earned him this year’s Fashion Icon Award (We know—JOHNNY DEPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), just as Theory founder and prominent investor, Andrew Rosen, will rightfully take home the CFDA’s Founders Award. Finally, the 2012 International Award will be given to Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo for her indelible fashion influence.
The CFDA Awards’ glam-factor is always off the charts—watch the below videos from 2010 and 2011 for proof!—and we can’t wait to bring you all the must-see moments next Monday! Follow us on Twitter for our live tweets from the
red purple carpet, and subscribe to Videofashion’s YouTube channel for our complete 2012 CFDA Awards coverage!
Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and honorees—see you Monday!
2011 CFDA Awards:
2010 CFDA Awards: