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Groundbreaking! The Nominees For the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards Are Here



Kerby Jean-Raymond | @kerbito

The CFDA Fashion Awards is arguably one of the biggest fashion awards and nights not just in the American fashion industry but in the world as well and recently the Council of Fashion Designers of America released the names of the nominees for the 2019 fashion awards on Instagram.

Every year, the CFDA Awards honors and recognizes outstanding creatives in the menswear, womenswear, accessories and other fields relevant to the American fashion industry. This year, we were pleasantly surprised to see new names on the list and to see that all the honorees this year are women and even more pleasantly surprised to see that the nominees for the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards included three talented African menswear designers whose work constantly leave us in awe as they touch social issues, race, police brutality while also disrupting the norm.

Ghanaian-American menswear designer and CEO of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh found his way on to this exclusive list twice as he was nominated for both Menswear Designer of the Year and Accessory Designer of the Year and Haitian-American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of the award-winning menswear brand Pyer Moss was also nominated for the Menswear Designer of The Year while Liberian-American Telfar Clemens of Telfar  was nominated for Accessory Designer Of The Year.

Take a look at the full list of nominees and honorees below

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak, Sies Marjan


Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri, Amiri

Virgil Abloh, Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne, Thom Browne New York


Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh, Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens, Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row


Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode, Bode

Beth Bugdaycay, Foundrae

Catherine Holstein, Khaite

Heron Preston

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto, Staud


Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award: Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen

Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Carine Roitfeld

Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Lynn Yaeger

Positive Change Award: Eileen Fisher

Find out more about the awards here.

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