The 2021 CFDA Awards are shaping as much as be a fairly vital evening: Not solely will they mark the return to an in-person occasion after Covid pressured the 2020 proceedings to go digital, however in addition they appear to replicate a response to years of criticism that the group tends to acknowledge the similar sorts of designers yr after yr.
While 2020’s shortlist was thought-about its most numerous ever, there have been solely six BIPOC designers amongst 30 CFDA Award nominees, and the night’s largest classes — womenswear and menswear designers of the yr — nonetheless primarily featured individuals who’d been nominated and received a number of occasions in the previous, like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, Marc Jacobs and CFDA President Tom Ford. It was a small step in the proper path, although, and this yr the CFDA and its voters took larger one.
Christopher John Rogers is up for the all-important American Womenswear Designer of the Year Award — one in every of few Black designers to ever be nominated. (The final was Virgil Abloh, in 2018.) Vietnamese-American Peter Do additionally joins the class for the first time. Telfar Clemens, who received Accessories Designer of the Year in 2020, makes his first entry to the Menswear Designer of the Year class, as does Jerry Lorenzo of Fear of God. Of the 5 nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year, three are Black, together with Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, Jameel Mohammed of Khiry and Kenneth Nicholson.
After eschewing the specialty “honoree” awards final yr, the CFDA is bringing them again; recipients will embody Aurora James, who might be acknowledged for her work on the 15 Percent Pledge, and Dapper Dan, who might be given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards mark the much-anticipated in-person return to our biggest fundraiser for CFDA’s scholarship programs,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb mentioned, in a press release. “We’re also incredibly pleased to see several talented names among the nominees for the first time. American fashion is experiencing a renewed energy, and these designers play a significant role in the future trajectory of our industry.”
The winners might be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at The Pool + The Grill in New York City. See all the nominees and honorees under.
American Womenswear Designer of the Year: Catherine Holstein for Khaite, Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs and Peter Do.
American Menswear Designer of the Year: Emily Adams Bode for Bode, Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God, Mike Amiri for Amiri, Telfar Clemens for Telfar and Thom Browne.
American Accessories Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers for Coach and Telfar Clemens for Telfar.
American Emerging Designer of the Year: Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, Jameel Mohammed for Khiry, Kenneth Nicholson and Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen.
International Women’s Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus.
International Men’s Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Rick Owens and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.
Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert: Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge.
Environmental Sustainability Award: Patagonia.
Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Nina Garcia.
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Dapper Dan.
Board of Directors’ Tribute: Yeohlee Teng.