Byline: Scott Malone

NEW YORK — There already is controversy raging about some of its nominees, but the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s final three selections for awards aren’t likely to raise any eyebrows.
In announcing the final three honorees for its 40th anniversary awards ceremony, the CFDA chose three people notable for their long tenure in the industry. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards will be bestowed, to the designer Karl Lagerfeld and veteran fashion journalist Grace Coddington. The Fashion Icon Award will go to style setter C.Z. Guest.
The nominees were ratified in a meeting of the organization’s board late Tuesday.
CFDA president Stan Herman described the three as pillars of the fashion world.
“Karl is both thick and thin,” he said. “He has been the prince of fashion to us and he represents in our ecumenical way what fashion is about.”
He added that the council decided to honor Vogue creative director Coddington partly because she’s kept a low profile while strongly influencing the fashion world.
“She’s never been pushed out in front of the public eye,” he said. “She’s in the trenches working.”
Guest, he noted, is a particularly appropriate nominee for her long influence in American society and fashion.
“She is the one person that has been a fashion icon over the last 40 years,” he said. “You don’t have Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn or people like her anymore.”
The CFDA will hold its annual awards ceremony at the New York Public Library on June 3.

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