NEW YORK — Richard Tyler will receive the 1994 Women’s Wear Designer of the Year Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America gala at Lincoln Center on Jan. 30.
Victor Alfaro and Cynthia Rowley, while not new to the industry, will receive the Perry Ellis Award for Women’s Wear, which recognizes emerging fashion talent. Robert Massimo Freida will receive the Perry Ellis Award for Men’s Wear.
There is no Men’s Wear Designer of the Year because no individual designer received a plurality of the voting by members of the nominating committee, which consists of retailers and fashion editors. The awards were announced Tuesday.
Robert Lee Morris was named the Accessories Designer of the Year for Women’s Wear, and Gene Meyer was chosen Accessories Designer of the Year for Men’s Wear. Special Awards will go to Elizabeth Tilberis, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, for her contribution to the fashion industry; Sara Lee Corp. for “The Year of the Wonderbra,” and Kevyn Aucoin for “The Artistry of Makeup.”
The Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion journalism will be presented to Patrick McCarthy, executive vice president of Fairchild Publications, which publishes WWD and W.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to three fashion journalists who have retired during the year: Carrie Donovan, former deputy editor for style at the New York Times magazine; Bernadine Morris, former fashion writer at the New York Times, and Nonnie Moore, former fashion editor at GQ magazine and Mademoiselle.
In addition, the award ceremonies will feature a special tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for her “lifetime of style and grace and influence on American fashion.”