Donna Karan to be honoured at CFDA awards
Donna Karan is to be honoured at the upcoming CFDA Fashion Awards.
The New York-born fashion designer is to be given the Founder’s Award at the glitzy ceremony on 6 June (16).
Karan, 67, is the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels and is known for her wearable collections, which feature jersey dresses, denim and opaque tights.
The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) named her the Menswear Designer of the Year 1992 and Womenswear Designer of the Year 1990 and 1996. She was a nominee for the latter again in 2003 and the CFDA presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
At a gathering on Wednesday evening (16Mar16), CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski revealed the list of honourees and nominees for the annual ceremony.
The CFDA is a non-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers.
The annual awards ceremony honours the top design talent and this year will take place in the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, a new venue for the occasion, and will be a seated dinner instead of the stadium seating of years past.
The nominees include many familiar names, including Marc Jacobs, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row for the Womenswear category.
First-time nominees include Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse, and Brandon Maxwell for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear.
This year, the late singer and fashion icon David Bowie will also be honoured with the Tribute Award at the event, while Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele will be presented with the International Award.
CFDA Fashion Awards 2016, nominees:
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Marc Jacobs; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler; Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte; Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.
Menswear Designer of the Year
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Tim Coppens and Todd Snyder.
Accessories Designer of the Year
Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Irene Neuwirth; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row; Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur for Mansur Gavriel.
Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Brandon Maxwell; Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse; Ryan Roche.
Swarovski Award for Menswear
John Elliott; Rio Uribe for Gypsy Sport; Alex, Matthew, Samantha Orley for Orley.
Swarovski Award for Accessories Designer of the Year
Aurora James, Gigi Burris, Paul Andrew.
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Imran Amed for Business of Fashion
Board of Directors’ Tribute