By  on March 13, 2007

NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, and Marc Jacobs will compete for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2007 Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

This year's 25th annual ceremony will take place June 4 at the New York Public Library, and for the sixth year, will be underwritten by Swarovski.

Ralph Lauren, who is marking his 40th year in business in 2007, will receive a special honor, the CFDA's first American Fashion Legend Award.

Robert Lee Morris will receive a lifetime achievement award, which has been renamed the Geoffrey Beene Life­time Achievement Award, in recognition of the $5 million gift from Beene's estate to benefit the CFDA scholarship fund. Patrick Demarchelier will be given the Eleanor Lambert Award, and Robin Givhan, the fashion editor of The Washington Post, will receive the Eugenia Sheppard Award.

In men's wear, Ralph Lauren, Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein, Duckie Brown's Steven Cox and Daniel Silver are up for the Designer of the Year award, and Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs for Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam are competing for the Accessory Designer of the Year award.

The International Award will go to Pierre Cardin, and the board of directors is giving a special award to Bono.

Swarovski's Perry Ellis Award honoring emerging talent has been renamed the Swarovski Award. This year's nominees are Phillip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul and Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy for women's wear; David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, Michael Bastian and Tim Hamilton for men's wear, and Bing Bang's Anna Sheffield, Subversive's Justin Giunta and Loeffler Randall's Jessie Randall for accessories. Each of the three winners will receive a monetary prize, as well as Swarovski products and access to the crystal maker's resources.

The honorees and nominees were picked by CFDA members, press, retailers and stylists, and were ratified at a CFDA board meeting on Monday. The awards will be produced by KCD, and Douglas Lloyd of Lloyd & Co. will oversee the event's graphics.

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