NEW YORK — It’s a three-way race for the first annual fashion prize at this fall’s National Design Awards.
The finalists are Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez and Dosa’s Christina Kim. The winner will be revealed Oct. 22 at a dinner at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum here.
Besides the three nominees, other elements of fashion will be represented at the event. Coach is the official sponsor of the awards and co-chair of the event, which pulls in some of the bigger players in the design world. Reed Krakoff, president and chief creative director of Coach, was instrumental in adding the fashion category to the awards. Last year, he served as a juror and co-chair of the dinner and after-party.
Fern Mallis and Nike’s global creative director John Hoke served on the jury that selected the finalists in five categories as well as two other special award winners. I.M. Pei and Lella and design specialists Massimo Vignelli have been named lifetime winners.
This time around, Target will take home the corporate prize. In recent years, Target has made a more concerted effort to sponsor art exhibitions and arts-related programs. Showing how the lines between commerce and art continue to blur, Target’s Web site plugs a Target-sponsored design show at the Museum of Arts & Design at 40 West 53rd Street here “that explores the ingenuity, innovation and influence of American design.” The site also touts show participants Frank Gehry and Michael Graves, who have also designed products for Target. An image of a telephone Graves designed for Target is front-and-center on publicity posters for the exhibition.
Robyn Waters, a Target senior executive who has since left the firm, served on the jury for last year’s National Design Awards. But a spokeswoman for the NDA said, “The Cooper-Hewitt keeps the jury and nominations totally separate, so there is no one from Target on this year’s jury.”
Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, Architecture Research Office and Frederick Schwartz will be battling it out for the esteemed architecture award. Finalists have also been named for communications, environment and product.
The U.S. General Services Administration has won the corporate special commendation, and Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel has won the design patron award, which is the only one chosen by the museum.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)