I can’t believe the end of the quarter is coming to an end! I have enjoyed writing weekly blogs for Thread Magazine and sharing my insight on current news in the fashion industry. My goal has been to educate my readers on fashion news in an intriguing. For my last blog entry, I am sharing the 2012 nominees of the CFDA awards. Many of you may already know the nominees, but I want to share my opinion on why they were chosen by showing their past and current collections.
The CFDA has nine award categories:Womenswear, Menswear, accessory designer, Swarovski award for Menswear and Womenswear, Media award, fashion icon award, founder award and the international award.
Because there are so many nominees, I am going to show my favorite pieces from each collection. The nominees for Womenswear are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Herandez for Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs.
Jack and Lazaro: Photo credit to Harper’s Bazaar
For Menswear the nominees are Billy Reid,Patrik Ervell and Simon Spurr. Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler and Reed Krakoff are the nominees for Accessory Designer.
Another nomination that I found interesting was The Fashion Icon award. Johnny Depp is the first male to be nominated in this category for his personal and eclectic style according to NYtimes.
Three years ago when someone said ‘Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’ he or she would think of their roles in Full House or their childhood movies, but never for fashion designers. Even though they designed a line for Wal-mart, the fashion industry probably didn’t take them too seriously. But two years ago when they debuted their first collection from their line, The Row, it was the first chance the industry would see artistic talent among the sisters. Luxury and a monochromatic tones have remained signature themes in all their collections. The fall 2012 collection expressed luxury with fur and silk embellishments.
The first look I like because of the blouse is flowy with sheer fabric. It can be worn with colored top underneath or a patterned skirt. The second image is good for Fall because of the quilt like fabric, but the dress should be worn with a pair of pumps rather than black strappy sandals. I think the Olsens deserve to be nominees in this category because they have remained true to their style and carrying out their vision despite critics who thought they wouldn’t make it as high-end designers.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are nominees for both Womenswear and Accessories. Last year the two won the Womenswear award. After Jack and Lazaro collaborated on their senior thesis at Parsons, Barney’s bought their entire collection. The name, Proenza Schouler came from combining each of their mother’s maiden names because they didn’t want their own names on it because if the line failed, then their names would be associated with it. Their Ready to Wear 2012 collection showed oversize trousers, jackets and blouses while adding an edge to some pieces with studs and leather embellishments.
Brocade dresses, leather varsity jackets and loose cotton trousers were reoccurring themes in the collection. Jack and Lazaro kept the touches of color in some of their pieces like their 2011 Ready to wear collection. But the previous collection was bolder with Japanese prints and Native American inspired fringed skirts and prints as shown below. In my opinion, I think the Jack and Lazaro have kept their collection evolving and interesting for the consumers.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America works to help fund future designers while supporting educational initiatives that help support high school and college students. Sometimes fashion tought when it comes to who has talent and the availability of job opportunities, but this is one organization helping expanding the artistic talent side of the fashion industry. Every year I look forward to seeing the winners of the awards because it help the industry and those interested in fashion to keep an eye on their growth as designers. I would examine each nominee’s collection, but I think it would be a long blog. I hope you enjoyed this blog and the previous ones because I had fun writing and researching them.
For now, keep it stylish and stay true to yourself! Have a good summer everyone!