Thursday evening, the Council of Fashion Designers of America unveiled
their 2018 CFDA Award nominees via Instagram. CFDA designers, models and
influencers all shot videos announcing the nominees that were released in
secession on CFDA’s Instagram account. Several announcements were shot at
the Brooklyn Museum, which will be the official venue for this year’s
awards on June 4, with Issa Rae providing her talents as the host for the
This year’s honorees and nominees are as follows:
Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Gabriela
Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row, Raf Simons of
Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Thom Browne, Tom
Ford, James Jebbia of Supreme, Raf Simons of Calvin Klein.
Paul Andrew, Stuart Vevers of Coach,
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel, Irene Neuwirth,
Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row.
Mike Amiri of Amiri, Laura Vassar
Brock and Christopher Brock of Brock Collection, Aurora James of Brother
Vellies, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss and Sander Lak of Sies Marjan.
Diane von Furstenberg
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Narciso Rodriguez.
Last year, Raf Simons made history when he became the second designer ever
to win both the menswear and womenswear designer of the year awards in the
same year for his work at Calvin Klein. The only other designer who’s ever
accomplished that feat was Calvin Klein himself back in the 90s. With
nominations in both categories again this year, Simons stands another
chance at taking home another double win. He will face some tough
competition from Virgil Abloh of Off-White though, who is also nominated in
both categories. Abloh’s status as a designer has become so major he caused
a riot at Paris Fashion Week.
“The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards continue to honor those who have led the
American fashion industry, and this year, we welcome designers who approach
fashion in new ways,” said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA.