Diane called Nadja the “godmother” of fashion, and when Nadja suggested that title belongs to Diane, Diane countered, “No! I’m the grandmother!” And she did sound maternal, correcting Nadja’s mispronounced designer names. After reading the nominees, Stephen Kolb took the podium to officially announce that Diane will stay on as president of the CFDA. He also mentioned that despite the mixed reaction to including bloggers in the voting process, the CFDA’s happy with their decision.
Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang are up for the big one, women’s wear designer of the year. Rag & Bone, Tom Ford and Michael Bastian will compete for menswear designer of the year. Meanwhile, the Swarovski awards go to emerging designers, those who’ve particularly excelled in the past two seasons, and Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu will probably split the votes pretty evenly for women’s wear while Richard Chai, Simon Spurr and Patrik Ervell battle it out for menswear.
On the accessories front, Alexis Bittar joins past winners Marc, Jack and Lazaro for the big one, while Eddie Borgo, Dana Lorenz (of Fenton/Fallon) and Alex Wang battle it out for Swarovski’s accessories award.
The rest, after the jump.
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Kors
International Award: Christopher Bailey
Eugenia Sheppard Award: Kim Hastreiter
Fashion Icon Award: Iman
Eleanor Lambert Award: Tonne Goodman
CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award: Alexander McQueen
The winners will be named June 7th, at an awards ceremony at Lincoln Center.