The Oscars of the Fashion Industry – The 2013 CFDA Awards

By Maria Serquen

Taking place tonight at the Lincoln Center in New York, for what is often called “the Oscars of Fashion”, is the annual 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards. This glamorous red carpet event will honor the top creative talent in the fashion industry; honored members of the CFDA and high profile guests will be in attendance supporting the nominees.

Photography Credit: Kevin Tachman

In addition to recognizing the designers with excellence in womenswear, menswear, accessories plus amazing accomplishment in related industries, the CFDA is also committed to nurture the development of the American fashion industry’s future designers (CFDA). The CFDA has partnered with many organizations to develop their programs which include, among many; the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, CFDA Scholarship Program, and the CFDA Fashion Incubator program. These programs have helped many designers launch their careers including this year’s Women’s Wear Designer of the Year nominees Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.  Both designers were previous recipients of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award, an annual competition that aims to bring funding, mentorship, and exposure to emerging fashion design talent (The Daily Fashion Beast).

The list of CFDA Awards Nominees is not the only aspect of the award ceremony that is turning heads; the presenters have created a lot of buzz including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which will present the Founder’s Award to friend Oscar de la Renta. Other presenters include Kerry Washington, Jessica Chastian, and many more.

The ceremony promises to be a spectacular event and all the attendees will be receiving a breathtaking 150-page program capturing a beautiful array of designs from the most recognized names in fashion. The program was photographed by Peter Lindbergh under the creative direction of Trey Laird of Laird+Partners.

To catch a look of all the excitement from the red carpet the CFDA Awards will be digitally broadcasted on Tuesday, June 4th only on or you can see live Instagram coverage from the red carpet at

2013 CFDA Awards Nominees

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Marc Jacobs
Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

Menswear Designer of the Year
Michael Bastian,
Thom Browne,
Duckie Brown’s Steven Cox and Daniel Silver

Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Phillip Lim

Swarovski Award for Womenswear (Video)
Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters
Cushnie et Ochs’ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs
Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder

Swarovski Award for Accessories
Irene Neuwirth
Jennifer Meyer
Pamela Love