By Joshua Langston

The CFDA  fashion awards are tonight at the The Alice Tully hall at the prestigious Lincoln Center. The CFDA Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions made to American fashion in all areas of the industry. From design accolades in menswear, womenswear and accessory design, to extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement.

The awards will also be hosted by legendary director and screenwriter, John Waters, who is no stranger to the awards having presented the Fashion Icon award to Johnny Depp and the International Award to Rei Kawakubo of  Comme des Garçons in 2012. This year they have also introduced their first ever fashion instagrammer of the year award. On the red carpet we will have none other than Brad Goreski, talking about all the looks and interviewing the designers and celebrity attendees.


The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is: To strengthen the influence and success of American Designers in the global economy.


The CFDA Awards 2014 nominees are:

Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Alexander Wang
Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra
Marc Jacobs

Menswear Designer of the Year
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow for Public School
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone
Thom Browne

Accessories Designer of the Year 
Alexander Wang
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind
Rosie Assoulin
Wes Gordon

Swarovski Award for Menswear 
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder
Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Irene Neuwirth
Jennifer Fisher
Marc Alary

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Ford

Media Award
Paul Cavaco

Founders Award
Bethann Hardison

Board of Director’s Tribute Award
Ruth Finley

International Award
Raf Simons

Fashion Icon Award

Fashion Instagrammer Award
Patrick Janelle

The CFDA and NOWNESS teamed up to create a film to celebrate the Swarovski Awards for emerging talent. The film titled “CFDA SHAKEDOWN” was created by Clara Cullen, whom works frequently with NOWNESS creating a “playful dance off” with dancers wearing the nominees designs and handcrafted animal masks.

“Each routine corresponds to the identity that I had in mind for the designers and the personality of the animal,” – Clara Cullen [filmmaker]

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Check out the introductory video [a short film], CFDA Shakedown, for the Swarovski Awards for womenswear, menswear and accessory categories on NOWNESS:

Highlights from the red carpet will be available on and the CFDA youtube channel

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