There are few honors in fashion that can make a designer's career like a CFDA Swarovski  Award. This year's nominees represent the best new talent in three divisions: womenswear, accessories, and menswear. Each approaching fashion with their own perspective and aesthetic, the nominated brands and designers have all quickly established themselves as front-runners of new talent in their respective markets.
The nine nominees may have already introduced themselves last week at a cocktail party to debut a collection of specially designed Swarovski-encrusted objets d'art , but we've gathered them all up again — complete with engaging videos and a cheat sheet of need-to-know facts — to make sure you're completely informed on this stylish set come Monday's main event.
The Womenswear Nominees
Creatures of the Wind , Cushnie et Ochs , and Suno  all have one thing in common: they are in constant pursuit of the perfect balance between design, inspiration, and their customer.
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Creatures of the Wind
Designers: Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier
- The Chicago-based design duo are a couple both on and off the runway.
- They were nominated and became finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011.
- They've collaborated on two jewelry collections with Erickson Beamon  and two shoe collections with Tabitha Simmons .
Cushnie et Ochs
Designers: Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs
- The two met at Parsons, from which they graduated in 2007 with their senior collections having already made the front cover of WWD.
- The label was nominated and was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011.
- Later that year, Michelle Obama wore a custom dress  by the design team during the taping of Christmas in Washington.
Designers: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty
- The label was founded as a way to drive economic success and cultivate creative talent in Kenya following the violent aftermath of that country's 2008 elections.
- The label is named after Osterweis's mother.
- Suno received a nomination for the CFDA Swarovski  Award in 2012.
The Accessories Nominees
From the culturally informed designs of Pamela Love  to the everyday wearability of Jennifer Meyer 's baubles and Irene Neuwirth 's statement pieces, the Swarovski  nominees for accessories offer aesthetics to suit almost any consumer.
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- Neuwirth received a CFDA Swarovski  Awards nomination in 2012.
- Prior to designing jewelry, Neuwirth was a horseback-riding instructor.
- During the 2008 financial crisis, Neuwirth responded by raising the prices and quality of her pieces. By December, it was reported  that Neuwirth was one of the few jewelry designers to see increased interest in her big-ticket items valued at over $40,000.
- Meyer is the daughter of Universal Studios President Ronald Meyer and wife to Tobey Maguire .
- She was the runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2012.
- She has said  her love of jewelry started at a young age when her grandmother taught her how to create her own enamel accessories.
- Love started designing her own jewelry in 2006 when, on more than one occasion, she didn't like the jewelry on the photo shoots she helped style.
- She was the 2011 runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.
- Love collaborated with womenswear nominee Suno  on a line of jewelry for its Fall 2012 line.
The Menswear Nominees
This year's nominees offer a mini tutorial on what's currently happening in the world of menswear — from Todd Snyder 's updated take on Americana to the street sensibility from Public School and Tim Coppens 's sleek, European-inspired designs.
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Designers: Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow
- The duo met while working at Sean John  — Osborne as an intern and Chow as the creative director.
- They chose the name to reflect the label's New York City-based heritage and a sense of inclusiveness.
- Osborne and Chow were participants in the CFDA Incubator program.
- He graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1998.
- Coppens grew up in Belgium and came to New York in 2008 to work for Ralph Lauren  as design director of RLX.
- The designer already has one trophy under his belt: he won the Fashion Group International Menswear Rising Star Award earlier this year.
- Snyder was named one of GQ's best new menswear designers in 2012 and designed a capsule collection with Gap — for which he'd been the director of menswear — as part of the award.
- Prior to opening his eponymous line, he also held positions at Ralph Lauren  and J.Crew, where he led efforts in establishing collaborations with brands like Timex , Red Wing, and Alden .
- His brand represents the crossroads of the military sensibility, the New York spirit, and Savile Row tailoring.