Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.
Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.
The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.
Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.
“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”
The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.
The complete list of nominees is as follows:
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte
Sander Lak for Sies Marjan
Menswear Designer of the Year
Mike Amiri for Amiri
Virgil Abloh for Off-White
Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss
Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York
Accessory Designer of the Year
Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Virgil Abloh for Off-White
Telfar Clemens for Telfar
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Emerging Designer of the Year
Emily Adams Bode for Bode
Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae
Catherine Holstein for Khaite
Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud
Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher
The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld
The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger
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