The other big news was the launch of two exciting new prizes for 2017: the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent and the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The first is a unified award that covers womenswear, menswear and accessory design. The second recognizes an individual in the US fashion industry who has made a positive impact on the lives of others—this year, the honor will go to fashion luminary Kenneth Cole.
The winners will be announced at the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards—the 16th in partnership with Swarovski—on June 5 at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
We’re sending good luck to Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection; Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse; Virgil Abloh for Off-White; Sander Lak for Sies Marjan; and Gabriela Hearst—all nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. The recipient of this coveted prize will benefit from generous financial support from Swarovski, as well as access to its exceptional range of crystals.
Other award nominees:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Raf Simons for Calvin Klein; Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler; Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row; plus Marc Jacobs. Menswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein; Robert Geller; Thom Browne; Tim Coppens, and Todd Snyder. Accessory Designer of the Year: Stuart Vevers for Coach; Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row; Irene Neuwirth, and Paul Andrew.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Rick Owens. The Founder’s Award, given in honor of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert who is widely credited with putting American fashion on the map, will go to Pat McGrath. The International Award will be presented to Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga. The Board of Directors’ Tribute will be presented to Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem, and Janelle Monáe in acknowledgement of their tireless work on behalf of women and their powerful voice at the historic Women’s March. Finally, the Fashion Icon Award will be presented posthumously to Franca Sozzani.