CFDA PLANS REVISED PROGRAM FOR AMERICAN FASHION AWARDS

Byline: Leonard McCants

NEW YORK — The American Fashion Awards are going back to the basics.
Gone will be the televised show, the sit-down dinner and — its organizers hope — the evening that last year stretched into the early morning.
In presenting its plans for this year’s program, set for June 15, the Council of Fashion Designers of America said winners will be announced in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall through an awards show format.
“What we’re doing is going back to the root of what this event was about,” said Fern Mallis, CFDA executive director. “We’re going back to an industry-driven awards presentation.”
In addition, sources said, the award for international designer of the year will be announced at the award ceremony for the first time.
The nominees are Jil Sander, Miuccia Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier, sources said. The full roster of nominees for women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories designers of the year will be announced today at a morning press conference, which will be simulcast on the Web at style365.com.
In an effort to recast the program — especially in light of last year’s event, which was widely derided as way too long and tacky — the CFDA has rehired Kevin Krier as producer. And in place of last year’s full sit-down dinner will be a supper on Avery Fisher Hall’s terrace for about 1,000 buyers of the gold and platinum packages.
The hall itself will allow more than twice the number of attendees, including balcony seating for several hundred fashion design students.