THE CONTENDERS: The VH1/Vogue Fashion Award nominees have been announced, and some of the heavyweights will be competing for Womenswear Designer of the Year. They are Giorgio Armani, Gucci (Tom Ford), Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
Avant Garde Designer of the Year nominees are Antonio Berardi, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto.
In the Most Fashionable Artist (Female) category, the nominees are Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Love, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. For Most Fashionable Artist (Male), the nominees are Sean “Puffy” Combs, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin, Mark McGrath and Will Smith.
Those nominated in the category of Celebrity Style (Female) are Calista Flockhart, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. For Celebrity Style (Male), the contenders are Ben Affleck, Benjamin Bratt, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp and Rupert Everett. The nominees for Model of the Year are Angela, Audrey, Gisele, Carmen Kass and Maggie Rizer. In all, there are nine categories.
Aside from Celebrity Style, the men are being kept at bay this year: Since it’s a Vogue event, there are no nominees for Men’s Wear Designer of the Year or Male Model of the Year. The VH1/Vogue awards will be telecast live on VH1 Sunday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. from New York.

CONE’S NEW LINEUP: In a completely new direction for Cone Textile Group, the company asked Todd Oldham, Daryl Kerrigan, Lilly Pulitzer, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Susan Lazar and Richard Tyler to design outfits using Cone fabrics for its fall ad campaign.The ads, created by Laspata/DeCaro, were shot by Rocco Laspata, partner in the New York ad agency.
Tyler, for example, created a hand-embroidered quilted bridal gown, using Cone Ashima poplin shirting; Oldham made a pair of Frankenstein jeans using ring spun denim, and Pulitzer designed a bandaid top and HotPants made of Cone Pro Spin. Each of the looks appears as a full-page image. The campaign will break in November as a six-page insert in Vogue and will also appear in such magazines as Details and Surface. The company’s ad budget for fall is $750,000.

CLICK AND BUY: Fans of Levi’s “invisible man” television commercial can go to town with it on the Internet. In what the jeanswear firm is calling an online first, Levi’s has embedded a 60-second version of the spot with interactive elements that draw users into an interactive game and give them a chance to win $1,000 worth of Levi’s products. “Instead of just passively watching a television commercial, it lets you interact with the theme and make instant purchases,” explained Azi Tabachnik, founder and ceo of Convergence Mediagroup, the San Francisco-based company that developed the technology. “It’s really a sneak peek at the future of advertising. I think that in nine to 12 months this is going to become more commonplace.”

FASHION FOR A CAUSE: This fall, some Hollywood stars are shedding their clothes for charity. A special ad section, appearing in the November issue of Marie Claire, will allow readers to win custom-designed Liz Claiborne outfits right off the stars’ backs. The Fashion-A-Cause section will showcase seven celebrities, including Jennie Garth and Viveca A. Fox, who talk about their favorite charities. Readers can then support their charity of choice by calling a 900 number and entering to win the corresponding celebrity’s one-of-a-kind Claiborne outfits, plus a wardrobe from the company.

NEW ROLES: Jacqueline Azria-Palombo has been named fashion director of Cosmogirl. She had been a senior stylist at Seventeen.
On the business side, Kristine Welker, former ad director at Ladies Home Journal, has been named publisher of Cosmogirl, reporting to Donna Kalajian Lagani, senior vice president and publisher of Cosmopolitan.