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CFDA: AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

Byline: Eric Wilson

NEW YORK — With triplicate nominations in the top designer categories, a cantankerous winner for the Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion journalism and a Lifetime Achievement Award that is rumored to be going to a foreigner, the scaled-back Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards will, at the very least, not be short on controversy.
Nominees for the designer awards as well as several individual prizes were announced Monday, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Fashion Icon Award, pending the recipients’ agreement to accept them. However, sources close to the nomination process said Karl Lagerfeld was voted to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, which is being sponsored by Swarovski, the sole underwriter.
Marc Jacobs landed nominations for all three CFDA Designer of the Year awards on Monday, while Ralph Lauren was nominated for both the top men’s wear and women’s wear awards. Jacobs’ hat trick across the categories repeats the trio of nominations Helmut Lang received in 2000, but Lang went home with only the men’s wear award that year.
For women’s wear, Jacobs and Lauren are nominated with Narciso Rodriguez, while for men’s wear, the duo is competing against Sean John designer Sean Combs, who was nominated for the previous two Perry Ellis men’s wear awards, but lost.
For accessories, the other nominees are Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent and Carlos Falchi.
The CFDA will name only one Perry Ellis Award at its ceremony on June 3, rather than in each of the three categories. The nominees are Rick Owens, Zac Posen, Behnaz Sarafpour and Peter Som.
The Eugenia Sheppard Award is going to New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, who, since taking over the beat in 1998, has drawn the ire of several designers for her reviews and also from 7th on Sixth for coverage since the fashion shows were separated from the CFDA.
Other prizes that were announced on Monday include a first Creative Visionary Award, which will be given to Stephen Gan, creative director of Harper’s Bazaar and a founder of Visionaire; the Eleanor Lambert Award, given annually for a unique contribution to fashion that doesn’t fit with the other categories, which will be presented to Kal Ruttenstein, senior vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s; and the International Award, which will go to Christian Dior men’s wear designer Hedi Slimane.

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