Monday, June 6, 2011


Tonight the fashion elite will gather once again to award new Designers of the Year at the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards. Every year, the CFDA recognizes the most talented and innovative American designers. Past winners include Marc Jacobs, Alexis Bittar, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone and Jason Wu. This year, the torch shall be past to the emerging most relevant designers.

This time tomorrow we'll know who emerged victorious and who we'll wish better luck next year. I'm waging my own bets today, so I wanted to give you all a taste of what's being judged. And what I'm predicting...

Nominees for Womenswear Desginer of the Year are Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs (again!). Marc Jacobs won the award last year...very interesting!

Alexander Wang Spring 2011 Collection via Refinery 29

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Collection via Refinery 29

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 Collection via Vogue Folk

There's no doubt that all three of these collections are beautiful and lust-worthy. My pick would probably be Proenza Schouler, although I really did love the other two collections. Proenza Schouler has been experimenting with color, texture and tailoring in a way that no other designer has attempted, in my humble opinion. But perhaps I adore it so because it's way out of my own price range. ;)

Interestingly, both the Proenza Schouler boys and Wang are ALSO nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year, alongside Reed Krakoff.

Alexander Wang Accessories via The Fuji Files

Proenza Schouler Accessories via I Want It I Got It

Reed Krakoff Accessories via Pink Memo

Again, I'd LIKE to go with Alexander Wang for this award but there's no denying that Proenza Schouler has DOMINATED the bag scene with their PS-1 tote. And Reed Krakoff certainly caught many people's attention this year, his pieces appearing in countless high-end fashion magazines. But, again, my vote goes to Proenza Schouler.

The CFDA also names the Swarovski Award winners, up and coming designers who reflect the style of the next generation. This year, Joseph Altuzurra, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of the Row and Prabal Gurung were nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear.

Joseph Altuzurra Fall 2011 via CFDA

The Row Spring 2011 via Fashion Rules

Prabal Gurung Spring 2011 via Pomegrantia

Last year, Jason Wu walked away with this award. Since then, we've certainly heard all three of these names more than ever before. This category will definitely be a tough decision but I think The Row might walk away with this one, even though I'd consider myself more of a Gurung girl. But The Row has evolved so much since it first started perfecting the t-shirt in 2007. Of course, many a starlet have arrived red-carpet ready in Altuzurra designs.

Swarovski awards also go to Accessories designers. Last year's winner, Alexander Wang, will be giving his throne up to either Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu or Pamelo Love.

Alejandro Ingelmo Spring 2011 via CakeNotCoke

Jasun Wu Spring 2011 Accessories via Vogue

Eddie Borgo Fall 2011 via CFDA

Pamela Love Spring 2011 via StyleList

While everyone is impressed with Jason Wu's first ever accessories line, I've got to give this one to Pamela Love. Her "Twilight"-inspired jewelry line gives all the edge any chic girl needs to vamp up even the most basic ensemble. What says "next generation" more than a certain vampire movie?!

Of course, other prestigious honors and awards will be granted tonight. Lady Gaga has been named Fashion Icon of the Year. And even if Marc Jacobs gets beaten in the Womenswear category, he'll still be named the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Menswear desginers like Phillip Lim and Michael Bastian will also be recognized. For more nominees and honorees, check it out here.

We'll see who walks away with these awards (and how accurately I predicted) tonight. If you want to weigh in, please do leave a comment!

Stay tuned tomorrow for the results!

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