The 2021 CFDA Awards are shaping as much as be a reasonably important night time: Not solely will they mark the return to an in-person occasion after Covid compelled 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 identical sorts of designers yr after yr.
Whereas 2020’s shortlist was thought of its most various ever, there have been solely six BIPOC designers amongst 30 CFDA Award nominees, and the night’s greatest classes — womenswear and menswear designers of the yr — nonetheless primarily featured individuals who’d been nominated and gained a number of occasions prior to now, like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, Marc Jacobs and CFDA President Tom Ford. It was a small step in the appropriate path, although, and this yr the CFDA and its voters took greater one.
Christopher John Rogers is up for the all-important American Womenswear Designer of the 12 months Award — one in all few Black designers to ever be nominated. (The final was Virgil Abloh, in 2018.) Vietnamese-American Peter Do additionally joins the class for the primary time. Telfar Clemens, who gained Equipment Designer of the 12 months in 2020, makes his first entry to the Menswear Designer of the 12 months class, as does Jerry Lorenzo of Worry of God. Of the 5 nominees for Rising Designer of the 12 months, 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 will likely be acknowledged for her work on the 15 P.c Pledge, and Dapper Dan, who will likely be given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The 2021 CFDA Trend Awards mark the much-anticipated in-person return to our greatest fundraiser for CFDA’s scholarship packages,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb mentioned, in a press release. “We’re additionally extremely happy to see a number of gifted names among the many nominees for the primary time. American style is experiencing a renewed vitality, and these designers play a big position sooner or later trajectory of our business.”
The winners will likely be introduced on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at The Pool + The Grill in New York Metropolis. See all of the nominees and honorees under.
American Womenswear Designer of the 12 months: Catherine Holstein for Khaite, Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs and Peter Do.
American Menswear Designer of the 12 months: Emily Adams Bode for Bode, Jerry Lorenzo for Worry of God, Mike Amiri for Amiri, Telfar Clemens for Telfar and Thom Browne.
American Equipment Designer of the 12 months: 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 Rising Designer of the 12 months: Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, Jameel Mohammed for Khiry, Kenneth Nicholson and Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen.
Worldwide Girls’s Designer of the 12 months: 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.
Worldwide Males’s Designer of the 12 months: 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 P.c Pledge.
Environmental Sustainability Award: Patagonia.
Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Nina Garcia.
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Dapper Dan.
Board of Administrators’ Tribute: Yeohlee Teng.