Enter Smiling

Tommy Ton shoots the arrivals
scene at the 2014 CFDA
Fashion Awards

read story

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

All the red-carpet photos of the ceremony's honorees and guests

read story

And the Winners Are…

The results are in—these are your 2014 CFDA Award winners

read story

And the Icon Wore Adam Selman

Rihanna's stylist Mel Ottenberg and designer Adam Selman on the 2014 CFDA icon's racy red-carpet look

read story

Catching Up With Shayne Oliver

The Hood by Air designer is racking up on accolades, but is he giving in to fashion's mainstream?

read story

Tim Blanks Picks

The 10 most important Raf Simons
Dior looks

read story

Bethann Hardison Speaks Out About Diversity on the Runways

"I'm not going to stop counting. We're going to call it like we see it"

read story

From Pop Idol to Fashion Icon

The designers who dress her weigh in on Rihanna's winning style

read story

Calendar Girl

Veteran Ruth Finley puts down
her pink NYFW schedule to pick up
the CFDA's Board of Directors'
Tribute Award

read story

A-List Endorsements for the Emerging Talent

Who needs a CFDA Swarovski Award when you've got bold-faced brand ambassadors like these?

read story

Paul Cavaco Steps Reluctantly Into the Spotlight

A day in the life of the stylist, creative director, behind-the-scenes influencer, and CFDA Media Award winner

read story

“It has to be renamed the Midlife Achievement Award”

As he gets ready to accept the CFDA's biggest honor, Tom Ford discusses his career highs and lows, the influence of Instagram, and why he's just getting started

read story

THE 2014 CFDA FASHION AWARD NOMINEES AND HONOREES

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Menswear Designer of the Year

Accessories Designer of the Year

Swarovski Award for Womenswear

Swarovski Award for Menswear

Swarovski Award for Accessories

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard

Board of Directors' Tribute

The Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert

International Award

Fashion Icon Award

Alexander Wang

There's simply no stopping Alexander Wang, who has a growing collection of CFDA Awards—and job titles—to his credit. The California transplant continues to define downtown cool with his namesake label in New York while designing must-see Balenciaga collections in Paris. He's also hard at work with H&M, having recently been named the fast-fashion company's next designer collaborator.

Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra

In the years since his CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund victory in 2011, Joseph Altuzarra has gone from fashion darling to one of New York's top contenders. In 2012, he won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and last year Kering—parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, etc.—made a minority investment in his fledgling label.

Marc Jacobs

With seven CFDA Awards under his belt (and a Fall ’14 show we still can't stop talking about), Marc Jacobs is a force to be reckoned with, even without a Louis Vuitton creative directorship. But did the veteran designer ever think he'd be going up against two former interns? That's right—both of his fellow nominees in the category learned the ropes in Jacobs' showroom.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne has referenced horror films, zoo animals, and the church in recent seasons. His shows often feel like mini art installations, but his clothes are tailored with a mathematician's precision. Browne is up for his second award in the Menswear category, having won it last year and back in 2006. In 2012, he picked up Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Award.

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville were finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize in 2006 and have rarely been out of the spotlight since, opening stores at home in New York, in their native London, and even in Seoul. Last year, they sat on the Fashion Fund selection panel that gave Public School, their competition in this category, the first prize.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School

Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are fast learners. Members of the CFDA Incubator's first class, the designers took home the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear last June and the Fashion Fund prize last November. In February, they put women's clothes on their New York runway for the first time. This is their first nomination in the Menswear category.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang has a knack for designing any season's It accessories, from his classic Rocco duffel to the sharp-toed Lovisa pump. We predict his heavily Instagrammed over-the-knee boots for Fall ’14 will be particularly difficult to track down once they land in stores.

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler

The Proenza Schouler designers are no strangers to the CFDA Awards, having picked up the Womenswear and Accessories Designer of the Year prizes in 2011 and 2009, respectively. After a recent push into footwear, they're back for another round.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen of The Row

The Olsens may be the most trendsetting duo in fashion history. They were championing "normcore" before it even had a name with The Row's super-luxe basics, and their $38,000 crocodile backpack ushered in a revival of the schoolgirl staple. Their latest must-have: mules and loafers handmade in Italy.

Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind

These Chicago-based designers have street cred to spare. Their unique aesthetic, which includes mixed materials and artisanal details, earned them a nomination for this award three years in a row. Creatures of the Wind was also among the twelve finalists for the inaugural 2014 LVMH Prize.

Rosie Assoulin

You'll find Rosie Assoulin's name next to "overnight success" in the dictionary. The designer quietly debuted with her Resort ’14 collection last year, and her feminine, slightly offbeat proportions instantly garnered a cultlike following of editors, bloggers, and global retailers alike.

Wes Gordon

This Central Saint Martins grad is the go-to designer for young starlets on the red carpet. First ladies, too. Gordon's creations manage modern yet timeless, polished and eye-catching at once. In January 2012, he earned Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award.

Tim Coppens

Stints at Adidas and RLX no doubt influenced Tim Coppens' athletic edge. The Belgian-born designer focuses on modern masculinity and cites the energy and attitude of New York City as a constant source of inspiration. Last year, Coppens was awarded Fashion Group International's Menswear Rising Star Award.

Todd Snyder

East Coast meets Midwest in Todd Snyder's quintessentially American designs. After graduating from Iowa State University, he honed his skills at homegrown labels like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, and J.Crew. Snyder has been nominated for three consecutive CFDA Swarovski Awards.

Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Arguably one of the most exciting things happening in New York right now, Shayne Oliver's anti-establishment Hood by Air label has landed on the backs of A$AP Rocky, Victor Cruz, and Kanye West, and made the cover of Style.com/Print Issue 05. Oliver was also one of the finalists for the inaugural 2014 LVMH Prize.

Irene Neuwirth

Irene Neuwirth's jewelry has been worn by Amy Adams, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, and countless other celebrities. Known for setting colorful semiprecious stones in bold settings, she was previously nominated for the Swarovski Award for Accessories in 2012 and 2013.

Jennifer Fisher

Fine jewelry wasn't always in the stars for Jennifer Fisher, who began her career as a stylist and costume designer in L.A. But soon after creating her own gold nameplate necklace, requests started pouring in and a brand was born. This is her first CFDA Swarovski Award nomination.

Marc Alary

A Marc Jacobs veteran, Marc Alary designed everything from logos to jacket linings before setting out on his own to focus on jewelry. His debut collection was comprised of gold animal necklaces, rings, and bracelets dotted with precious stones. Last year, Alary was a runner-up in the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:
Tom Ford

As fashion's reigning master of sex, Tom Ford gained global notoriety during the nineties at Gucci, where, as creative director, he famously revitalized the then-flailing Italian brand with his glamorous designs and provocative ad campaigns. (His work at the label earned him the CFDA's International Award in 1995.) In 2004, after leaving the Gucci Group, Ford launched his namesake brand. Colin Firth, the star of Ford's first feature film, A Single Man, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Paul Cavaco

Allure magazine's creative director since 1999 and fashion director at both Harper's Bazaar and Vogue before that, Paul Cavaco has collaborated with many of fashion's most influential photographers, including Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, and Steven Meisel. He was also the "C" in what is now known as KCD, the global fashion public relations and production powerhouse.

Board of Directors' Tribute: Ruth Finley

As founder and publisher of the Fashion Calendar, a scheduling clearinghouse for the industry for the last sixty-five years, Ruth Finley has been the arbitrator of some heated fashion feuds. The reason she's lasted all these decades? She'll say it's because she doesn't play favorites. But it takes more than fairness to succeed in this business—the octogenarian great-grandmother is also meticulously organized.

The Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert:
Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison has enjoyed a long career in fashion, from model to model agent to all-around agitator. She founded the Diversity Coalition to advocate for more women of color on the runways, as well as in magazine editorials and advertising, and of late, the industry has been coming around. Hardison won't take credit for the appearance of the Kenyan-born British model Malaika Firth in a Prada campaign (Firth was the first black model to star in a Prada ad), but she probably should.

The International Award: Raf Simons of Dior

In his two years as the creative director of Dior, Raf Simons has quickly transformed the fashion landscape with ready-to-wear and haute couture collections that fuse the historic house's codes with Simons' own iconoclastic aesthetic, ushering in a new New Look for the 21st century. Before assuming his role at Dior, the Belgian designer moved goalposts with his sensually minimalist designs for Jil Sander, and radicalized the nineties menswear scene with avant-garde, namesake collections firmly rooted in youth culture.

Fashion Icon Award: Rihanna

The Barbados-born pop sensation has emerged as a bold-faced ambassador for fashion labels both new and established in recent years. The chameleonlike icon—who has designed capsule collections for high-street retailer River Island—is unafraid to experiment with statement-making looks. Her every move was tracked on Instagram—that is, before her account was shut down for a topless photo. Nonetheless, her global influence is undeniable.