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2011 CFDA Fashion Awards: And the Nominees Are…

As American fashion gets set to bestow its 2011 honors, here are the contenders for awards in women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories, in alphabetical order.

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WWD CFDA issue 05/31/2011



Joseph Altuzarra
Swarovski Womenswear Nominee

Joseph Altuzarra’s spring collection was an exercise in savvy restraint and sleek precision, while for fall, he came elegantly and nonchalantly undone, offering loose T-shirts, patterns, patchwork and a grunge flavor.

Michael Bastian
Menswear Nominee

Michael Bastian’s message is all about an abundance of friendly, handsome clothes.

Eddie Borgo
Swarovski Accessories Nominee

Eddie Borgo has rapidly risen as the darling of the accessories set, starting with his signature conical spike and continuing to dazzle each season with a bold, aggressive style.

Patrik Ervell
Menswear Nominee

Patrik Ervell, known for his minimalist cool aesthetic, proved his willingness to try something new with a parachute theme for fall that included multiple bomber jackets and even a pleather parachute bodysuit.

Robert Geller
Swarovski Menswear Nominee

Robert Geller’s spring collection struck a modern note, resulting in one of his strongest collections to date, while his fall effort was inspired by Luchino Visconti’s cinematography for a way-downtown air.

Prabal Gurung
Swarovski Womenswear Nominee

In just a few seasons, Prabal Gurung has established himself as a go-to guy for the dressed-up set with a current of eccentricity infusing his polished lady fare with youth and modernity.

Alejandro Ingelmo
Swarovski Accessories Nominee

Hailing from a top Cuban shoemaking family in the Fifties, Alejandro Ingelmo has turned extreme platforms into a fashion lady’s must-have shoe.

Marc Jacobs
Womenswear Nominee

Marc Jacobs’ two major collections highlighted his rare ability to put his unmistakable signature on diametrically opposed ideas. For spring, Jacobs saluted Seventies decadence with flash and charm, while for fall he turned arch control— much of it rubberized — positively dotty.

Reed Krakoff
Accessories Nominee

Reed Krakoff launched his own luxe-meets-louche line last year, focused on utilitarian chic sportswear and ultra leathers, plus jewelry and other baubles. For fall, colorful wedge python booties were the stars of his accessories offer.

Phillip Lim
Swarovski Menswear Nominee

Phillip Lim strives “to make elegance feel youthful,” and in his fall men’s line, he elevated clean, sporty silhouettes with what he called “artisanal” details.

Pamela Love
Swarovski Accessories Nominee

As her name might imply, Pamela Love is fashion’s 2011 equivalent of a Sixties hippie, whose organic ingredients, such as feathers and crystals mixed with heavy metals, make for high-drama jewelry.

Proenza Schouler
Womenswear Nominee
Accessories Nominee


Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez No matter where Team PS takes its audience — from Southwest Navajo to India to a downtown loft — the collection oozes polished urban-chic, while accessories, like their first hit bag — the PS1, inspired by a classic satchel — reflect an artsy vibe.

Simon Spurr
Menswear Nominee

Long inspired by Savile Row, Simon Spurr offers a highly polished standard of quality and refinement in his work, whether his message is British banker, Italian playboy or Hollywood scenester.

The Row
Swarovski Womenswear Nominee

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s collection is progressing into a dazzling, multifaceted jewel with beautiful tailoring and simple silhouettes that belie meticulous details and construction.

Alexander Wang
Womenswear Nominee
Swarovski Menswear Nominee
Accessories Nominee

For fall, hat-trick nominee Alexander Wang offered “extreme sportswear,” with edgy, tough-chic clothes and cheeky accessories, such as eyewear with fluffy mink straps and dainty mules covered in fox fur — perfect, he says, for “the rich bitch housewife.”

Jason Wu

Swarovski Accessories Nominee

Jason Wu launched a shoe and bag collection on the spring runway, offering frame bags and heels done in contrast leathers that were all extremely chic but with a very welcome bite.

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