Chicago-based label Creatures of the Wind has already won its fair share of industry accolades, including a recent CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear nomination and placing as finalists in the prestigious Woolmark prize. But while prizes are certainly nice, it's money that makes a business run--and from the sounds of it, designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters just received a lot of it.
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.