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NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America has chosen its 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees and honorees.
Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs will be competing for this year’s Womenswear Designer of the Year award. This year’s nominees for Menswear Designer of the Year will be decided between Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell and Simon Spurr. The Accessory Designer of the Year nominees are Reed Krakoff, Alexander Wang and McCollough and Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
Nominees for the Swarovski Award for up-and-coming talent are Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and Prabal Gurung for women’s wear; Alexander Wang, Philip Lim and Robert Geller for men’s wear, and Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu and Pamela Love for accessories.
This will mark the 10th year that Swarovski is underwriting the awards gala, which will take place on Monday, June 6 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
As in previous years, the night will also be an occasion for the CFDA to hand out several special awards. Marc Jacobs will receive this year’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lady Gaga is being recognized with the Fashion Icon Award, while Phoebe Philo for Celine will take home the International Award. Meanwhile, the Eugenia Sheppard Award will go to Hilary Alexander of London’s Daily Telegraph, while Hal Rubenstein of InStyle is being honored with the Eleanor Lambert Award. This year’s CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award will be given to Arthur Elgort in recognition of his impact on fashion and photography.
The nominees and honorees were announced at CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg’s studio on Wednesday night.