The 2015 CFDA Awards will be given out in just a few hours during a glamorous, star-studded ceremony at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Each year, the "Fashion Oscars" (as they're often called) come closer to rivaling the high-profile Met Gala as one of fashion's biggest nights. With its mix of Hollywood and fashion industry cred, we have high expectations for Monday night's event. Read on for a full guide on what to expect, from the hilarious host to the major celebs.
British comedian James Corden, OBE, has been making a name for himself stateside since succeeding Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS's "The Late Late Show" in March. In addition to proving himself comedically, Corden has already ingratiated himself into the fashion world with an underwear commercial parody he shot with David Beckham and a spot closing Burberry's runway show in L.A. Anna Wintour has called him her favorite comedian. Needless to say, our expectations are high.
Over the years, the CFDA Awards have grown in mainstream visibility thanks in part to increasingly famous celebrity presenters. Monday night's biggest coup publicity-wise is probably Kim Kardashian. The "Selfish" author will present the Media Award to Instagram founder Kevin Systrom (the day after her second pregnancy was announced, no less). Other presenters will include Amanda Seyfried for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Joshua Jackson for Menswear Designer of the Year, Taraji P. Henson for Accessories Designer of the Year, Gigi Hadid and Zachary Quinto for all of the Swarovski awards, Kelly Osbourne for the Lifetime Achievement Award, David Remnick for the Founders Award, and Franca Sozzani and Valeria Golino for the International Award. Chelsea Clinton will also present a special tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta, while Nina Garcia will present the rest of the In Memoriam tributes.
The Celebrity Guests
In addition to the presenters, VIP attendees scheduled to attend include Ashley Judd, Juliette Lewis, Bella Thorne, Harvey Weinstein, Michelle Monaghan, Carmen Ejogo, Banks, Brittany Snow, Grimes (Claire) Boucher, Dwayne Wade, Maya Thurman Hawke, Jemima Kirke, Emmy Rossum, Bella Hadid, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Victor Cruz, Janelle Monae and Chrissy Teigen.
How to Watch It
The CFDA has experimented with different ways to make the event more public-facing over the years. In 2013 it was live-streamed, and last year it was webcast the following day. This year, a number of videos will be posted to cfda.com on Tuesday, including full coverage of the red carpet hosted by Kelly Osbourne, in addition to footage from the actual ceremony.
The Honorary Winners
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson.
Media Award: Instagram.
Founders Award: Mickey Drexler.
International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino.
The Nominees (and our predictions)
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.
Who we think will win: Marc Jacobs. It's been five years since he last won a non-honorary CFDA Award (he won Lifetime Achievement in 2011, Womenswear in 2010) and with his stellar fall collection and big IPO plans, this feels like his time.
Menswear Designer of the Year: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens and Tom Ford.
Who we think will win: Tim Coppens. He won last year's Swarovski Award for Menswear, and with a win this year, Coppens would follow in the trajectory of the Public School guys, who won the Swarovski Award in 2013 and the Menswear Award last year. Though, it's been a while since we've seen a win from Tom Ford or Rag & Bone...
Accessories Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row and Tabitha Simmons.
Who we think will win: Tabitha Simmons. Over the past few years, the Womenswear and Accessories awards have basically been passed alternately between Wang, Proenza and The Row. It feels like Simmons's moment.
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Rosie Assoulin and Ryan Roche.
Who we think will win: Ryan Roche. Despite Public School's double nominations this year, we think they may go home empty handed. While Chow and Osborne have done a great job of creating womenswear pieces that fit well alongside their menswear offering, the collection doesn't quite seem ready for an award. Meanwhile, Roche has established herself as a bit of a CFDA darling as a runner-up in last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air; Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley; and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons.
Who we think will win: While we think Orley is destined for a future CFDA win, this marks Oliver's second nomination for Hood by Air. Last year, he lost to Tim Coppens. This year, we think he has a strong chance.
Swarovski Award for Accessories Designer of the Year: Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel.
Who we think will win: No idea. This category is really a toss-up because each designer is a first-time nominee and designs a different type of accessory. Despite the indisputable ubiquity and success of Mansur Gavriel, this is the first time we've seen it as part of the CFDA conversation. Andrew won last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, while Fehren was a runner-up. The CFDA is known for its loyalty towards certain designers, but perhaps this will be its opportunity to bring Mansur Gavriel into the fold.