>> CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and executive director Steven Kolb alternatively took the Swarovski-encrusted podium at von Furstenberg's studio in New York this evening to announce the 2011 CFDA Awards nominees. Alexander Wang continued his strong awards streak with nominations in three categories, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row was nominated for the first time in the Swarovski emerging Womenswear Design category, and Lady Gaga should be expected at the awards ceremony — which will be held June 6 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall — as she's taking home this year's Fashion Icon award, after, according to von Furstenberg, "overwhelmingly, all the votes [for the category]" went her way — "to someone who started a fashion revolution."
The Swarovski emerging Award for Accessory Design, meanwhile, has four nominees this year because two nominees were tied in votes. And Marc Jacobs apparently emailed von Furstenberg after he found out he will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement award this year, she said: "He's very happy, but he says it's only a half lifetime award because he's only halfway finished."
Without further ado, the 2011 nominees are:
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ELEANOR LAMBERT FOUNDERS AWARD
EUGENIA SHEPPARD MEDIA AWARD
CFDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD
FASHION ICON AWARD