Tonight, during an event hosted by Nadja Swarovski and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg at the Bowery Hotel, the CFDA and Swarovski teamed up to reveal the 2014 CFDA Fashion Award nominations. Without further ado, we give you the nominees and honorees for the June 2 event below. Congratulations, and best of luck, to all.
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow for Public School
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough for Proenza Schouler
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for The Row
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORIES
GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE MEDIA AWARD IN HONOR OF EUGENIA SHEPPARD
THE FOUNDER’S AWARD IN HONOR OF ELEANOR LAMBERT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE
We love a high-low mix, but even we were (pleasantly) surprised by Uniqlo’s latest collaboration. The Telegraph reports that Inès de la Fressange—French aristocrat, former muse to Karl Lagerfeld, and universal purveyor of good taste—is taking her “democratic” sartorial approach to the high-street powerhouse.
In our opinion, the collaboration is actually a perfect fit. Last year De la Fressange wrote her best-selling fashion guide, Parisian Chic, to share her intuitive style with the masses. Now they can practically shop her closet. Every piece in the collection has an effortless, Left Bank vibe, like floral shirtdresses, wrap cardigans, and snug sweaters. “I have a way of wearing clothes, yes, but we are selling that,” she told the Telegraph. “Because some people hate shopping and hate fashion. With this collection everything can be mixed up for anyone.”
Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo will be available in stores beginning March 20. For more information, visit uniqlo.co.uk.
While we were busy functioning in two different time zones and losing track of hours, days, and weeks during the marathon that is fashion month, a game-changing store opening fell off the industry’s radar. In a move that we did not see coming, it seems our beloved Céline has gone the way of the outlet, opening up shop at upstate New York’s Woodbury Commons. A rep for the outdoor shopping center affirmed that doors opened in late January, right before NYFW. Buzz on the photo—though we can’t confirm—states that ready-to-wear and accessories are 50 percent and 30 percent off, respectively. To say we’re eager to investigate would be an understatement. Field trip, anyone?
It’s back. VFiles’ satirical look at the modeling world, Model Files, returns for its third season today, and in its premiere, the mocumentary-meets-reality show’s host, casting director Preston Chaunsumlit, manages to tackle some pretty heavy topics—with his signature lighthearted approach, of course. “Not only is it really funny, but it touches on important fashion-world issues like racism and size-ism,” VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay said of the series. “You are going to love the second episode, when Preston collaborates on an über-secret project for a major international pop superstar,” she later teased.
In episode one, dubbed “The Asiancy,” Chaunsumlit addresses the lack of diversity in the modeling biz with the help of Humberto Leon, Jenny Shimizu, Jen Brill, and Quay. Sit back and watch his antics, above, and be sure to check out future episodes, airing every Tuesday, on VFiles.com.
After months of rumors swirling that Rachel Roy was searching for new ownership, WWD reports today that the designer is closing her business. The Jones Group held a 50 percent stake in the business and has no plans to produce Roy’s Fall ’14 collection, which debuted in New York this past February. It marked the tenth anniversary of her eponymous line.
Roy recently relocated from New York to Los Angeles with her family, which we suspect is the driving factor behind the news. At our Fall ’14 appointment with the designer, she said, “What, really, do we have to do other than what’s right for ourselves?”
Roy told WWD that she plans to finance the business herself in the future, but details have not been confirmed. The Jones Group will, however, continue to produce the RACHEL Rachel Roy contemporary collection for Macy’s.