The CFDAs are here! The CFDAs are here! In honor of the annual awards ceremony, we took a look at what past winners are up to.
Richard Tyler Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear, 1993 (Now underwritten by Swarovski) Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1994 Perry Ellis Award for Menswear, 1995
Tyler, who is now based in Los Angeles, was one of the first designers to really dig deep into the celebrity dressing game. He hasn't shown a ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week since 2005, and a bridal collection since 2006. Around that time, he also closed his South Pasadena, California boutique. You can still buy his Tyler by Richard Tyler shoe line at discount retailers around the country.
Daryl Kerrigan Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear, 1996
Daryl Kerrigan--who designs under the Daryl K. moniker--was lauded in the 1990s for creating the downtown set's favorite trousers. After shuttering her label in 2001, Kerrigan made a strong comeback just three years later. She now operates a boutique in New York's NoHo neighborhood, which stocks Daryl K. as well as her Kerrigan diffusion line.
Isaac Mizrahi Perry Ellis Award, 1988 Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1989, 1991 Special Award for Unzipped, 1995
Mizrahi made his name for classic American clothes in the 1990s, but he became full-on famous because of Unzipped, one of the first fashion documentaries to truly capture the industry during that wild era. He was forced shutter his label at the end of that decade, but Mizrahi went on to establish one of the first designer lines for Target in 2003. From there, he relaunched his ready-to-wear label and is now Creative Director at Liz Claiborne.
Kate Spade Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design, 1995 Accessory Designer of the Year, 1997
Spade, who started her career in the accessories department at Mademoiselle, grew her preppy handbag business into a mini empire so desirable that it was bought in 2006 by Liz Claiborne. Soon after, Spade stepped down as creative director, and now works on indie projects.
David Cameron Coast Perry Ellis Award, 1986
This one, we must say, is a bit of a mystery. The first designer ever to receive the Perry Ellis Award (now called the Swarovski Award), Coast's rise as a wunderkind designer and fall as a financial failure is one for the books. After opening up shop under the moniker David Cameron on February 11, 1985, he was forced to file for Chapter 11 just 35 months later on January 8 of 1988. While most of the names on the CFDA's past winners' list are quite recognizable, Cameron, who was just 27-years-old at the time, seems to have disappeared from fashion altogether. We'd love to know what he's doing.