"There were a few surprises," noted accessory designer Rafe Totengco following the big reveal. Namely, Marc Jacobs was nominated twice (for Womenswear and Accessories) as was Alexander Wang. But while the latter is sharing the Womenswear nod with Jacobs, he is only eligible for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design since that aspect of his business is less than two years old.
His competition in that category? Refreshing new talents in the form of jewelry designers Eddie Borgo and Fenton Fallon's Dana Lorenz. When asked about the recognition, Lorenz took it all in stride. "The last few years, I had gotten emails that people had voted for me," she said. "This year I wasn't even thinking about it, but when [CFDA Executive Director] Steven Kolb left a message saying that he had good news, I figured this was it."
Last year's winners for Accessory Designers of the Year, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, could stage a repeat performance as they are nominated once again. Meanwhile Michael Kors - the self-proclaimed Susan Lucci of the CFDAs - will be walking out with a statuette for certain. He will be bestowed with the Geoffrey Bean Lifetime Achievement Award. Fittingly, there will be a Special Tribute given to the late Alexander McQueen.
Tune in when we report on the awards on June 7th from Lincoln Center. In the interim, here is the full roster of nominees (drumroll, please):
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Menswear Designer of the Year
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone
Accessory Designer of the Year
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler
Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Swarovski Award for Menswear
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Dana Lorenz for Fenton/Fallon
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Geoffrey Bean Lifetime Achievement Award
Eugenia Sheppard Award
Kim Hastreiter from Paper Magazine
Eleanor Lambert Award
Tonne Goodman from Vogue
Fashion Icon Award
Special Tribute Award