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Alex, Marc, Jack and Laz Lead the Fashion Pack in the CFDA Awards Race

Diane von Furstenberg descended from the heavens in a gilded chariot drawn by 7 wrap-dress-attired muses last night to deliver the nominees for the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards. Among this year’s honorees, Lady Gaga will be recognized for the Fashion Icon award and Marc Jacobs will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. But he’ll have to compete against Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Alex, Marc, Jack and Laz Lead the Fashion Pack in the CFDA Awards Race

Other CFDA nominees include:

Menswear Designer of the Year:

Michael Bastian

Patrik Ervell

Simon Spurr

Accessory Designer of the Year:

Reed Krakoff

Alexander Wang

Proenza Schouler

Swarovski Award (which recognizes up and coming talent; “recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from Swarovski as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative Swarovski crystal resources”):


Joseph Altuzarra

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Prabal Gurung


Alexander Wang

Philip Lim

Robert Geller


Eddie Borgo

Jason Wu

Pamela Love


International Award:

Phoebe Philo, Celine


Eugenia Sheppard Media Award:

Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph


Eleanor Lambert Founders Award:

Hal Rubenstein, InStyle


CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award:

Arthur Elgort (in honor of his impact on fashion and photography)

Who do you think will win in the competitive categories? And this is my first time seeing the actual CFDA trophy, but is it just me or does it look like something recovered from an alien spaceship? And furthermore, the trophy kind of has a little gut. If it insists on being a fashion award, I think it’s time to get on a diet…

Link Love: CFDA

Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail