There must have been some very happy people in New York’s designer studios last night having a celebratory drink or two (pure speculation), and some not so happy we imagine but let’s not focus on the negative this early in the day! This year’s CFDA nominations were announced by its president, the fantastic Diane von Furstenberg, so a big congrats and three cheers from all of us at Grazia Daily to all nominees and special award recipients.
Talking about special awards, we were delighted to hear that our fellow Brit, the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander will be recognised with the Media Award for being the cheeriest, hardest-working, funkiest-hat-wearing editor around and the only one with the power to get a late-running show started (it’s all about the clapping).
As for the Fashion Icon Award, well – can you put your end-of-week tired little minds to work and come up with your wildest guess as to who might be getting this one? Yep, a certain Ms Lady Gaga but we haven’t heard of her so let’s move on. What about the International Award? DvF announced this is going to Phoebe Philo and given the cataclysmic effect her collections for Celine have had we think this is very well deserved indeed.
Marc Jacobs will be awarded with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and although we think Marc by Marc by Jacobs should be given every award going we can’t help but feel he’s too young for Lifetime. Yep, he’s certainly packed a lot in his 47 years, what with his ground-breaking grunge collection, creating one of the coolest modern American brands around without losing his mojo for a nanosecond and oh, yeah, proving with Louis Vuitton that luxury brands can be fun and that an American can show one of Paris’ most revered fashion houses how it’s done – but still, lifetime? Marc must have thought the same as DvF shared he told her in an email that, ‘He's very happy, but he says it's only a half lifetime award because he's only halfway finished.’
Marc is also against Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler for the coveted Womenswear Designer of the year award. The always-chirpy Alex Wang is also up for Accessory Designer of the year but he faces some tough competition with Proenza Schouler whose PS1 is still considered the coolest-bag-around! Just pick a colour, any colour.
We can’t wait to see who will walk away a winner and who will pull the best I’m-so-happy-I-didn’t-win face, hear the speeches, maybe shed a tear (Hilary, who's retiring at the end of June or Marc’s speech might be a tear-jerker) but above all, marvel at the red carpet and stare in awe at what phantasmagorical creation Gaga will don - will it be Mugler? Come on, June 6th!
-- Kiki Georgiou