The 2013 CFDA awards, fashion's Oscars if you will, will be handed out in mere hours. The industry has been gathering to recognize and honor its leading talents since 1981.
A lot has changed since the early years of the awards. What was once a small intimate industry event is now a widely covered celebrity event. "I think it reflects a broader shift over the last few years where fashion has become more and more popular," Style.com's editor in chief Dirk Standen told us. "The internet has had a lot to do with that. It's entertainment on a par with movies and music."
So to prep you for tonight's awards we've assembled this handy primer. In it you'll find the complete list of nominees, our predictions on who will take home the big prizes, and all the celebrity presenters and attendees slated to show up.
The Host: Andy Cohen
Cohen is the Bravo exec behind the Real Housewives franchise, as well as the man behind fashion reality shows like Project Runway (now with Lifetime), The Rachel Zoe Project, and It's a Brad, Brad World.
Considering that last year's host, Seth Meyers, wore a lace Comme des Garcons getup made famous by Marc Jacobs, Cohen has a tough act to follow--something that he recognizes.
"I'm not a stand-up comedian,” he told the New York Times. "I'm kind of incidentally humorous, or occasionally humorous to some people."
According to the Times, he tested out some of his material on CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg--and it fell flat. (He wanted to do a bit about her wearing Google glasses.) Still, we have faith; if he can handle a Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, he can certainly handle New York's fashion crowd.
Womenswear Designers of the Year: Presented by Kerry Washington
The Nominees: •Proenza Schouler (Designers Jack McCoullough & Lazaro Hernandez) •Marc Jacobs •Alexander Wang
Who we think will win: Proenza Schouler Why: Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs have both won the Womenswear of the Year award before (Jacobs has actually won it three times). While Alexander Wang has picked up his fair share of CFDA nods (including Accessories Designer fo the year in 2011 and the Swarovski Award for Womenswear) he's never been named Womenswear Designer of the Year. Could 2013 be his year? With his appointment at Balenciaga, he's never been hotter. But then again, Proenza really upped their game this season, showing collections to overwhelming critical acclaim. We're on the fence.
Swarovski Award for Womenswear Presented by Hailee Steinfeld & Douglas Booth
The Nominees •Suno (Designers Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty) •Creatures of the Wind (Designers Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters) •Cushnie et Ochs (Designers Carlie Cushnie & Michelle Ochs)
Who we think will win: Creatures of the Wind Why: All three nominees have been CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, and both Suno and Creatures of the Wind were nominated for the same award last year. Creatures of the Wind has gotten one more accolade than the others, having been named as a runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011 and scoring a cool J.Crew collab. We're putting money on Creatures of the Wind tonight. Working out of Chicago, away from the New York fashion scene, really sets it apart and brings out its unique vision.
Menswear Designer of the Year: Presented by Dan Stevens
The Nominees: •Thom Browne •Michael Bastian •Duckie Brown (Designers Steven Cox & Daniel Silver)
Who we think will win: Thom Browne Why: We think this is an easy win for Thom Browne--2013 has really been his year. His womenswear has been in the spotlight thanks to Michelle Obama's endorsement on the Inauguration, but his menswear aesthetic--cropped trousers and shrunken blazers--has proven to be wildly influential. Though we have to agree with the New York Times's Eric Wilson--that Browne should have been nominated in the womenswear category. Next year.
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Presented by Hailee Steinfeld & Douglas Booth
The Nominees: •Tim Coppens •Todd Snyder •Public School (Designers Dao-Yi Chao & Maxwell Osborne)
Who we think will win: Tim Coppens Why: Coppens is new on the scene, but his fall 2014 show made a big impression. Our own John Ortved called it the "most significant menswear" he'd seen in a while and proclaimed Coppens a "big new voice." Coppens has already picked up his fair share of industry accolades, including the 2012 Ecco Domani award for Best New Menswear Designer and the 2013 Fashion Group International Menswear Rising Star Award. We're betting his winning streak will continue tonight.
Accessories Designer of the Year: Presented by Rose Byrne
The Nominees: •Proenza Schouler (Designers Jack McCoullogh & Lazaro Hernandez) •Alexander Wang •Phillip Lim
Who we think will win: Phillip Lim Why: This one's definitely a tight race. Alexander Wang consistently puts out stellar accessories--it's part of the reason he got the gig at Balenciaga. That being said, we really think this is Lim's year. He's expanded his accessories collection, has a best-selling bag in the 31 Hour bag, and Cheryl would also like to note that she's pissed away much of her salary on Lim bags and shoes this past year.
Swarovski Award for Accessories: Presented by Hailee Steinfeld & Douglas Booth
The Nominees: •Pamela Love •Irene Neuwirth •Jennifer Meyer
Who we think will win: Pamela Love Why: This is Pamela Love's third CFDA nomination. Third time's the charm? “The amount of exposure that’s come with just being nominated for the CFDA has been so invaluable to my business," she told WWD. "It’s great. But I still want to win.”
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented by Ralph Lauren to Vera Wang
Board of Directors's Tribute: Presented by Ethan Hawke to Colleen Atwood, costume designer
Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Presented by Linda Evangelista to Tim Blanks
International Award: Presented by Jessica Chastain to Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy
Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Presented by Hillary Clinton to Oscar de la Renta
And here are the celebs and models we know will be attending: Rooney Mara Kate Mara Sofia Vergara Tobey Maguire Elizabeth Olsen Juliette Lewis Greta Gerwig Cody Horn Karlie Kloss Adriana Lima Miranda Kerr Candice Swanepoel Stella Tennant Jessica Stam Joan Smalls