The Council of Fashion Designers of America has named Emily Adams Bode, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Gabriela Hearst, Telfar Clemens, and Pierpaolo Piccioli among its newly unveiled list of 2020 Fashion Awards nominees.
While the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards were originally scheduled to take place on June 8, the fashion body announced back in March that the awards would be postponed indefinitely in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On July 20, the CFDA released its list of 2020 nominees, in categories including American Womenswear Designer of the Year, American Menswear Designer of the Year, American Accessories Designer of the Year, American Emerging Designer of the Year, Global Women's Designer of the Year and Global Men's Designer of the Year.
Nominees of the American Womenswear Designer of the Year include five-time CFDA award-winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row and last year's American Womenswear-winner Brandon Maxwell, in addition to Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, and CFDA Chairman Tom Ford.
American Menswear Designer of the Year nominees includes 2019's American Emerging Designer award-winner Emily Adams Bode of Bode, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Todd Snyder, Thom Browne and another nomination for Tom Ford.
2020 American Accessories Designer of the Year nominees include Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers of Coach, Jennifer Fisher of Jennifer Fisher Jewelry and Telfar Clemens of Telfar.
American Emerging Designer of the Year nominees includes Christopher John Rogers, Kenneth Nicholson, Peter Do, Reese Cooper, and Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto of Staud.
Global Women's Designer of the Year nominees includes Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Miuccia Prada of Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and Rick Owens.
Finally, the Global Men's Designer of the Year nominees are Craig Green, Dries Van Noten, Jonathan Anderson of Loewe, Kim Jones of Dior and Virgil Abloh of Louis Vuitton.
According to a press release, the winners of this year's Fashion Awards will be announced on the CFDA's website and on the CFDA’s social channels on September 14, the first day of the newly shortened New York Fashion Week schedule.
For this year only, there are no honoree categories, the CFDA said.
“In this time of unprecedented challenge and change for our industry, we feel very strongly that it is it important to recognize the nominees representing the best of fashion creativity,” said Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA. “We look forward to returning to an in-person celebration honoring the American fashion industry in 2021.”
Voting for each category opened on July 20 and will close on July 27 at midnight EST.
According to Steven Kolb, president, and CEO of the CFDA, the organization will use the changes caused by Covid-19 to focus on providing pandemic support to members of the fashion industry.
“In lieu of the in-person event, we will be prioritizing new and existing programming to support our designer community during the global pandemic – by redirecting efforts towards next-generation scholarships and making important changes to bring racial equity to the fashion industry,” said Kolb.
“The annual gala serves as our largest fundraiser, and our hope is to continue raising money to support this work through industry contributions.”