Find Out Who’s Nominated for a CFDA Award

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Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the nominees and honorees for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at an event at Rockefeller Center, hosted by CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski. This year’s CFDA Awards, in Collaboration with Swarovski, will be handed out June 1 at the official ceremony to take place at Lincoln Center. Below see the rundown of this year’s nominees and honorees:

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award nominees:

Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Lazaro Hernandez  and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award nominees:

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone

Thom Browne

Tim Coppens

Tom Ford

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award Nominees:

Alexander Wang

Irene Neuwirth

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Tabitha Simmons

The Swarovski Award for Womenswear Nominees:

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School

Rosie Assoulin

Ryan Roche

Swarovski Award for Menswear Nominees:

Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley

Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominees:

Paul Andrew

Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren

Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Meanwhile, the honorary awards will go to a diverse group of fashion luminaries.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the fiercely independent, four-time CFDA Fashion Award winner, goes to Betsey Johnson.

The Media Award, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, the influential journalist who revolutionized fashion reporting during her time at the New York City Herald Tribune, will be given to Instagram.

The Founders Award, given in honor of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert who is widely credited with putting American fashion on the map, will go to Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, Inc.  

The International Award will go to Maria Grazia Chiuriand Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino for their creative contribution to the international fashion stage.

Shop DVF Designed Google Glass on Net-a-Porter Now

Have you wanted Google (and your cell phone) at the tip of your nose, but weren’t so into the previous, anti-fashion Google Glass iterations? Diane von Furstenberg has come to the rescue of fashion nerds everywhere; today, DVF Made For Glass  enters the wearable tech market on Net-a-Porter.

Clip-on shades turn the tech enabled optical glasses into sunnies in seconds. Here’s our favorite:


DVF Made For Glass retails at $1,800.

The BlackList: Weekly Events 10/4 – 10/10

What are you going to do – stay at home and sit on your couch? There’s a world of events out there – and you just need to stop and smell the event calendar. (Or something like that.) From vinynl collector flea markets to movies by John Cassavetes, here’s what’s going on this week:

October 4

Rejoice! The New Yorker Film Festival Has Returned
October 4, 5, 6
Check Schedule for Locations
The New Yorker Festival has been going 50 years strong. Get off the couch and go NOW!         Ólafur Arnalds Reclaims the Stage 

October 5

October 5 11am
New York Academy of Medicine Schedule
OMG. There’s actually going to be a workshop anatomial drawing! The day’s activities include a medical wax moulage demonstration.

New Cinema – Bushwick Film Festival 
October 3-6th
Lighthouse Studios
Check Site For Screening Info 
Experience the Bushwick FF – a unique platform for independent filmmakers and artists to present their work to an ever-growing and enthusiastic audience.Brooklyn Flea Record Fair 

October 5th, 11am – 6pm
East River State Park
Grab some vinyl. Expect over 55 collectors, shops, and record labels with names like Frenchkiss, Captured Tracks, Mexican Summer, Domino, DFA, L.I.E.S., and Portland OR’s Hometapes. A host of DJ’s on stage will make this event painless.  All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – Cassavetes Redux 

October 4th- October 9th
BAM; $13
The godfather of American independent cinema John Cassavetes returns by popular demand. A collection of 5 of his greatest works screened in 35mm.

October 7

DVF Does Drinks with Instagram
October 7, 6-8 p.m.
DVF’s studio
CFDA designer Diane Von Furstenburg and Instagram’s founder, Kevin Systrom will host a small, private gathering for drinks. It’ll be a good evening to follow fashion favorites on the app…

Moving Portrait – Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film 
Oct 7th, 7:30pm; $13
This documentary follows Drag City troubadour Bill Callahan on a two-week tour from California to New York City in support of his acclaimed 2011 album, Apocalypse.

October 8

October 8th, 7:30pm; $25
Le Poisson Rouge
Ólafur Arnalds has built up a dedicated international following for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language. Now he’s ventured into the world of films, writing his first Hollywood film score to Another Happy Day.

Fashion Talks –  Icons with Fern Mallis: André Leon Talley
October 8, 8 p.m. 92Y
Kaufmann Concert Hall
The creator of fashion week sits down with Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley about the meaning of style, and the fashion industry today.  October 10

The Book Report Reading
Oct 8th, 7pm
Join literary guests as they read their childhood book reports. I give this show an A.


October 9

Jin Soon is offering complimentary mani color changes at Saks to celebrate the beauty brand’s holiday color collection. On the 9th, Jin Soon herself will be on hand.
Saks Fifth Avenue. Oh, and it’s free.

October 9, 5-7 p.m.



October 10

Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches

October 10, 6-8 p.m.

Porsche Design, Beverly Hills


Sephora’s Nail Party

October 10-31
All Sephora locations
To celebrate its new collection of Formula X lacquers, Sephora invites everyone to come in and play with the new luxe shimmers, glitters and lacquers in the collection (there are over 200 additions).

Diane von Furstenberg Speaks on 2012 Milan Fashion Week Overlap

The fashion world was jolted last weekend when Milan officially announced that their fashion week would overlap with the New York shows next fall. The news comes after New York insisted on showing the second Thursday of September rather than the first Thursday after Labor Day, resulting in a one-week pushback for MFW. While the city is set to duke it out with their fashion capital counterparts (“Let the best one win,” was Italian Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli’s now-infamous response), a slew of fashion heavy-hitters are doing whatever it takes to change Milan’s mind. The latest effort comes from CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg.

DVF’s open letter to the fashion community explains that the confusion might lie in Milan’s understanding of the calendar system:

“Clearly, year after year, the calendar changes. There are 7 days in the week and every new year the calendar advances 1 day. Some years it will be better for some cities, some years not. That is what is happening in September 2012. I believe our friends in Milan did not understand that. We did not change from the decision when we agreed to start Fashion Season in New York on the same day every year, which is on the second Thursday of February and September. It is the nature of the calendar.”

The designer goes on to stress that the situation is clearly a mistake and that she is “convinced it will be resolved and that the agreement that was made three years ago at great cost and effort is valid and will be kept.” Read the complete letter here.

Obviously, this will be a nightmare for editors and buyers if the overlap remains – and, unfortunately, Milan doesn’t look like they’re budging on their decision. We understand that it’s not going to be an ideal situation for whoever does decide to switch the dates, but we’re hoping someone takes the high road soon.