Nadja Swarovski and Diane von Furstenburg announced the 2010 CFDA nominees at Diane's studio last night.
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.