2015 CFDA Awards Committee Nominates Jewelry Designers

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) unveiled its 2015 Fashion Award nominees and honorees last week, and among them are superstars and rising stars from the world of jewelry design.

Betsey Johnson at CFDA Party
Betsey Johnson at CFDA Party. Photo Courtesy of NYTimes.com

Irene Neuwirth is nominated for the CFDA’s Accessory Designer of the Year; Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren Jewelry is up for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design; and Betsey Johnson has been given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 40 years of fashion and jewelry design leadership.

Eva Fehren X Ring and Bracelet Ring,  Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren Jewelry with Models
Eva Fehren X Ring and XX Ring; Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren Jewelry with Models
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CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg introduced the nominees and honorees at a March 17 soirée at the Weather Room atop New York’s Rockefeller Center, where Johnson, a four-time CFDA Fashion Award winner, wore one of her dresses from 1965! Jewelry designers Jennifer Fisher, Pamela Love, and Mimi So also attended the party.

Irene Neuwirth Necklace and Earrings on Model
Irene Neuwirth Necklace and Earrings on Model
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Irene Neuwirth, The Designer, with One of Her Necklaces
Jewelry Designer and CFDA Award Nominee Irene Neuwirth 
 Photo Courtesy of HollywoodReporter.com

Swarovski co-sponsors the annual CFDA Awards, recognizing emerging talent with its self-named prizes. The Swarovski Award recipients in each category receive generous financial support as well as exposure to the company’s extensive crystal resources. In a related development, Swarovski announced last week that it will venture into the Fine Jewelry business.

Nominations come from the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, an exclusive group of 450 fashion designer/members, fashion retailers, press, and stylists.

The 2015 CFDA Awards ceremony is scheduled for June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.

We’ll keep you posted.

The complete list of 2015 CFDA Awards nominees includes:

Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Accessory Designer of the Year Award

Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, and Tabitha Simmons.

Menswear Designer of the Year Award

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, and Tom Ford.

Swarovski Award for Womenswear

Rosie Assoulin, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, and Ryan Roche Swarovski Award for Menswear Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air, Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley, and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons.

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design

Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel.

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