Think awards season ends with the Academy Awards? Think again. Each June, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (better known as the CFDA) hosts its annual awards, which honor the best and brightest in American fashion, including designers in the fields of womenswear, menswear, and accessories, as well as recognizing individuals who have excelled in journalism, creative vision, and personal style; an annual lifetime achievement award is also handed out. Last year, big winners included Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Thom Browne for Menswear Designer of the Year, and Mansur Gavriel for Accessory Designer of the Year, while Brandon Maxwell, Orley, and Paul Andrew took home Swarovski Awards, which are geared toward outstanding emerging talent. Also taking home an award in 2016: Beyoncé (Fashion Icon), Gucci's Alessandro Michele (International designer), Donna Karan (Founder's Award), and David Bowie (Board of Directors' Special Tribute).

On Thursday evening, industry heavyweights gathered at the penthouse of the West Village event space Ramscale to hear Diane Von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb of the CFDA announce this year's nominees and honorees. There were a few changes to the usual roster this year: The Swarovski Award—usually segmented into menswear, womenswear, and accessories—was collapsed into a single category, the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, with five nominees. And among the honors given out each year, there was a new title — the Swarovski Award for Positive Change, which was awarded to amfAR chair Kenneth Cole. Without further ado, the nominees and honorees of the 2017 CFDA Awards are:


Womenswear Designer of the Year: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Robert Geller, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, and Todd Snyder

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Accessories Designer of the Year: Stuart Vevers for Coach, Irene Neuwirth, Paul Andrew, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection, Gabriela Hearst, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, Sander Lak for Sies Marjan


Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Owens

International Award: Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and Balenciaga

The Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Pat McGrath

Fashion Icon Award: Franca Sozzani

Board of Directors' Tribute: Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, and Janelle Monáe

Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Kenneth Cole

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