Meet the CFDA Nominees: 7 Questions for Pamela Love, Irene Neuwirth and Tabitha Simmons

The CFDA Awards, the "Oscars of Fashion" (if the Met Gala is the red carpet, the CFDAs are the actual awards), take place this Monday. In advance of
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The CFDA Awards, the "Oscars of Fashion" (if the Met Gala is the red carpet, the CFDAs are the actual awards), take place this Monday. In advance of
Photo: Craig McDean

Photo: Craig McDean

The CFDA Awards, the "Oscars of Fashion" (if the Met Gala is the red carpet, the CFDAs are the actual awards), take place this Monday. In advance of the awards, we sent over some questionnaires to the nominees to find out how they reacted to being nominated, their biggest challenges, and sillier stuff like their favorite internet distraction (no one said cats, boo!) and the first thing they ever made.

First up, we heard from the nominees for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Pamela Love, Irene Neuwirth and Tabitha Simmons. In this exclusive look at the Trey Laird directed, Craig McDean shot CFDA Journal, Constance Jablonski models Irene Neuwirth, Julia Nobis wears Pamela Love, and Sara Blomqvist is shod in Tabitha Simmons.

Click through to hear from each nominee.

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

7 Questions for Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominee Pamela Love

1. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were nominated? I called my mom to tell her the news. 2. What does it mean to be nominated? It’s such an amazing honor. It feels really good to be recognized for your work, especially on such a high level. 3. If the CFDA's are like the fashion Oscars, what would be on your acceptance speech note card? (or would you just wing it?) Wing it! 4. What's the biggest challenge you've come up against so far and how have you overcome it? Running a business has been an incredible challenge. Manufacturing in NYC is always creating new struggles, but it’s worth it. 5. What's your favorite song to work to right now? I’ve been listening to a lot of Gogol Bordello and Pierced Arrows- both are perfect to get me in work mode. 6. What's the first thing you ever made? I made a bracelet out of a glitter toothbrush when I was in 4th grade. 7. What's your favorite internet distraction (we know you have one...)? I love Pinterest. I spend hours on it.

A look from Love's fall 2012 collection

A look from Love's fall 2012 collection

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Photo: Getty

7 Questions for Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominee Irene Neuwirth

1. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were nominated? Landed in New York and went right to the announcement. Then ate a huge dinner at Mr Chow with fellow nominees Erin Beatty from SUNO and boys from Creatures of the Wind. 2. What does it mean to be nominated? That my fellow designers appreciate what I do, and that’s the biggest honor. 3. If the CFDA's are like the fashion Oscars, what would be on your acceptance speech note card? (Or would you just wing it?) Ummm...most definitely a note card. My biggest fear is speaking in public! 4. What's the biggest challenge you've come up against so far and how have you overcome it? Growing my business in every single account. Every year it is easy to grow in some doors, and let some go, but my biggest challenge has been taking the time with all of our accounts to make sure each of them have a strong viable business. 5. What's your favorite song to work to right now? The new Beach House album! 6. What's the first thing you ever made? Hmmm...I made a beaded peridot and vintage glass necklace with seed pearls. 7. What's your favorite internet distraction (we know you have one...)? WORDS WITH FRIENDS

Neuwirth's pendants.

Neuwirth's pendants.

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7 Questions for Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominee Tabitha Simmons

1. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were nominated? Sat down. 2. What does it mean to be nominated? It's a huge honor! 3. If the CFDA's are like the fashion Oscars, what would be on your acceptance speech note card? (Or would you just wing it?) I'm going to try and remember to thank everyone for their support. 4. What's the biggest hurdle you've come up against so far and how have you overcome it? Managing the business side and trying to wrangle production, deliveries, and price points. I'm always trying to improve things. 5. What's your favorite song to work to right now? Gotye "Somebody that I Used To Know" Remix. 6. What's the first thing you ever made? A pair of rocking horse shoes for Italian Vogue. 7. What's your favorite internet distraction (we know you have one...)? Instagram and Twitter!

A Tabitha Simmons shoe

A Tabitha Simmons shoe