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What to Expect At Monday Night's 2016 CFDA Awards

The launch of a new mentorship program with Swarovski, for one.
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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Tonight is the night! The CFDA will hold its annual awards show at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the first time, and although the event won't be televised live anymore, that won't stop the organization from throwing a memorable evening soirée, including a seated dinner. From the celebrity host and expected performers and presenters to a few honorary winners and nominees, we already have a decent idea of what to expect. (We're especially excited for Gucci's Alessandro Michele to take the stage for an acceptance speech.) Though, we're still waiting to find out this year's fashion icon award recipient, which is traditionally announced in advance. Last we heard, the CFDA was planning to keep that winner under wraps, so we came up with a few predictions of our own. 

Read on to learn more about what to expect during Monday night's 2016 CFDA Awards — and here's hoping Michelle Obama wraps up her FLOTUS tenure with a CFDA statue!

The Host

Joel McHale will the take stage as maestro for tonight's seated dinner event, following in the footsteps of James Corden, John Waters, Seth Meyers and more. Those who follow celebrities (and "Community") as much as fashion will recognize McHale from his longtime hosting gig for "The Soup" on E!, so tonight's job should be a breeze for him. And it seems like being something of a fashion outsider is a top requirement for the hosting role: President and Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA Steven Kolb explained that his choice for McHale was mainly to "keep the night lively, topical, and unexpected." 

Joel McHale. Photo: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

Joel McHale. Photo: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

Judging from his fashion pop quiz over at The Cut, McHale will most likely greet Anna Wintour as Anna Summour. He also gave The New York Times a tip for attendees tonight: "If you don't have a sense of humor about yourself, you're not going to enjoy it."

The Presenters

According to the CFDA, former Dior girl and actress Riley Keough will introduce "a live fashion moment." As for the awards, Claire Danes will present Womenswear Designer of the Year; Alexander Skarsgård will present the Menswear Designer of the Year; and, "Broad City" actress and on-the-rise fashion darlings Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson will take the stage together to present the Accessory Designer of the Year. As newly announced brand ambassador, Karlie Kloss, alongside Ansel Elgort, will present all three of the Swarovski Awards for womenswear, menswear and accessories designer.

Riley Keough at the Dior cruise 2017 show. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Riley Keough at the Dior cruise 2017 show. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Those presenting the honorary winners with their awards are as follows:

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: To be presented to Norma Kamali by Michael Kors

Founders Award: To be presented to Donna Karan by Calvin Klein

International Award: To be presented to Alessandro Michele of Gucci by Anna Wintour

Media Award: To be presented to Imran Amed for Business of Fashion by Alexa Chung

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of "Broad City." Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Hulu

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of "Broad City." Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Hulu

The Performers

Actor and Broadway star, Michael C. Hall will perform a special tribute to the late David Bowie, who will also be honored with the Board of Directors’ Tribute tonight. (Tilda Swinton will accept the award on his behalf.) Earlier this year, Hall starred in "Lazarus," a musical written by Bowie. 

Jennifer Hudson will also perform to close the CFDA Awards, which is about all we know for now. However, her amazing tribute performance of "Purple Rain" after Prince's death at the end of one of her April showings of "The Color Purple" on Broadway has us hoping she'll pay homage to the legendary musician once again tonight. 

Jennifer Hudson at the Met Gala. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson at the Met Gala. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

How to Watch It

For a hot second, tonight's award show was going to be broadcast on television. But for reasons unknown, the CFDA decided "to not move forward with a television broadcast opportunity this year." Instead, the organization promises to provide viewers "a front row seat" to tonight's event through its social media channels. Plus, we expect the attendees who happen to have Snapchat will be live-documenting their evening on the social media platform as well. In fact, Karlie Kloss will be taking over Glamour's Snapchat account (@glamourmag) to document herself getting ready for Awards, the show itself and the after-party.

Marie Claire fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi will cover the red carpet on behalf of CFDA; however, you won't be able to catch her coverage until Tuesday, also on CFDA.com.

Zanna Roberts Rassi, poses at Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at the Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on February 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Zanna Roberts Rassi, poses at Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at the Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on February 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

The New Mentorship Program

The winners of the three Swarovski Awards will also be a part of the CFDA Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Mentorship Program, which will launch after the ceremony. The new program will focus on marketing strategy, sales, retail and local partner production on a global level. In addition to one-on-one mentorship sessions and support through 2016, the winners will travel to the Swarovski headquarters in Wattens, Austria — one outing in a series of trips, according to Swarovski — to go through the crystal company's archives for research, innovation and business development purposes.

The Nominees

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Marc Jacobs; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler; Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte; Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Who won last year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Tim Coppens and Todd Snyder.

Who won last year: Tom Ford

Accessories Designer of the Year: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Irene Neuwirth; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row; Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur for Mansur Gavriel.

Who won last year: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Brandon Maxwell; Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse; Ryan Roche.

Who won last year: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: John Elliott; Rio Uribe for Gypsy Sport; Alex, Matthew, Samantha Orley for Orley.

Who won last yearShayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Swarovski Award for Accessories Designer of the Year: Aurora James, Gigi Burris, Paul Andrew. 

Who won last year: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

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