New York, NY (CNS) – The nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America 2009 Awards were announced at Swarovski’s Rockefeller Center party last night. These awards are the fashion industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Menswear Designer of the Year nominees are Italo Zucchelli of the Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Bastian, and Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders.
Marc Jacobs is also nominated for the International Award and Accessory Designer of the Year. Others nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year are Vera Wang and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
First Lady Michelle Obama was even nominated for a Board of Directors Special Tribute award. Anna Sui is nominated for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu are nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller and Tim Hamilton are the nominees for the Swarovski Award for Menswear.
Albertus Q. Swanepoel, Alejandro Ingelmo and Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry are the nominees for Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. The Rodarte sisters and Scott Sternberg were Swarovski Award winners last year.