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2009 June 10

The Countdown Begins: Who Will Win a CFDA Award?

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(NEW YORK) You voted for the CFDA Awards on Friday, and now, it's The Daily's turn to fearlessly forecast the winners. With the input of over three dozen eligible voters, we’ve narrowed down down the list. Will you emerge victorious?

THE CATEGORY: WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
THE NOMINEES: Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION: Marc Jacobs

WHY? Many of the voters we've canvassed feel that Rodarte's nomination is nod enough--and their latest collection earned mixed reviews. Rodriguez has won this category twice (in 2002 and 2003) by beating Jacobs, but this year’s International honoree hasn’t won the big prize since 1997. Plus, Jacobs is on a winning streak, churning out two wildly different collections (for his signature line and Louis Vuitton) and hosting the Met Gala moments after. Could the prize be the fashion world's version of an early wedding gift? But remember--if the voters choose to spread the wealth on Monday, Rodriguez will have a speech ready...

THE CATEGORY: MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
THE NOMINEES: Calvin Klein Collection's Italo Zucchelli, Michael Bastian, Band of Outsiders's Scott Sternberg
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION: Calvin Klein Collection's Italo Zucchelli

WHY: The wildly talented Zucchelli merits any award, and given that he's moved his show to New York from Milan, it's about time to show some more New York love. His most recent collections were rock-solid, and those fanatical Calvinites (you know who you are) will make their presence felt.

THE CATEGORY: ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
THE NOMINEES: Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler's Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION: Marc Jacobs

WHY? Jacobs already boasts three statues in this category, and it looks like he’ll be collecting a fourth on Monday. Some voters are showing support for Wang, though her in-store February show meant that fewer industry folks were able to witness her acumen. Proenza Schouler's campaign is fairly new here, but the duo has proved their ability to stage an upset. But during the voting period, the press wasn't exactly focused on the clothes--thanks a lot, Keifer Sutherland.

THE CATEGORY: SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
THE NOMINEES: Jason Wu, Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION:
 Alexander Wang

WHY? This is the evening's most unpredictable and exciting category, and votes will be tight no matter who wins. Granted, all these parties are bound for (eventual) triumph. Panichgul is a relative veteran, as he has achieved his third nomination here and has shown a very strong and diverse pair of collections over the last year. Wu designed the year’s most publicized dress for a certain D.C. resident and backed it up with acclaimed runway efforts--not to mention his blossoming name recognition. But if two Michelle Obama favorites split the votes, Alexander Wang will have a path to a very, very narrow victory. He was up for this award last year and also won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund honor in November.

THE CATEGORY: SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
THE NOMINEES: Patrik Ervell, Tim Hamilton, Robert Geller
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION: Tim Hamilton

WHY? As soon as Scott Sternberg was promoted to the big leagues after winning here last year, this was Tim Hamilton’s statue to win. He also introduced his first women’s collection in 2009 and moved his collection to Paris, underscoring his growing relevance.

THE CATEGORY: SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
THE NOMINEES: Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus, Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, Alejandro Ingelmo
THE DAILY'S PREDICTION: Justin Giunta

WHY? In the war of the best shoes, hats, and jewels, it’s Guinta who should triumph here while savoring his third straight nomination. Relative newcomer Swanepoel’s inclusion here was unexpected, but the duel between Ingelmo and Guinta is sure to be heated. But voters--and the industry in general--clearly have a soft spot for Subversie. The third nod's the charm?

 




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