CFDA Award 2021 Winners, Nominees and Honorees. Article by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Article published September 15, 2021, updated November 10, 2021.
- 2021 CFDA Fashion Icon Zendaya
- International Women’s Designer of the Year Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga
- American Emerging Designer of the Year Edvin Thompson of Theophilio
- Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement honor Dapper Dan
CFDA CEO Steven Kolb announced that CFDA Fashion Awards 2021 will take place November 10 at the Pool + The Grill within the Seagram Building on Park Avenue. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has revealed the winners, nominees and honorees for the CDFA Awards 2021.
This year CFDA honored counterfeit goods designer Dapper Dan with the Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award, making him the first designer without a fashion show, and the first designer who produced counterfeit goods, chased by FBI, to ever win the honor.
In short designer, or more appropriate tailor, Dapper Dan in 1990s was taking logos from the fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, printed them on the fabrics, he was taking the models from sportswear brands, who designed at that time the uniforms for the baseball and football American teams, then he added some puffed sleeves or other elements he took from French and Italian Couture brands like Christian Dior, and tailored the custom outfits – sportswear bombers or long t-shirts with the Louis Vuitton and Gucci logos for the druglords and rap singers. Fashion brands filed massive lawsuit against him, he was chased by FBI, and finally they were able to close his atelier in Harlem. Read full story HERE.
The shadowy business of counterfeits has taken over the globe to become a $1.2 trillion industry. Despite extensive and expensive efforts by brands, by law enforcement, efforts of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”), this shadowy business became the center of the attention during this New York Fashion Week, and the most known designer / tailor of counterfeit goods Dapper Dan was honored by lifetime achievement award for his counterfeit goods production in 90s from its organizer CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).
“We’re also incredibly pleased to see several talented names among the nominees for the first time. American fashion is experiencing a renewed energy, and the designers play a significant role in the future trajectory of our industry,” – said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.
This year the nominees for American Womenswear Designer of the Year are Catherine Holstein for Khaite, Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, and Peter Do. Nominees for American Menswear Designer of the Year are Emily Adams, Bode for Bode, Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God, Mike Amiri for Amiri, Telfar Clemens for Telfar, and Thom Browne. For American Accessories Designer of the Year the contenders are Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers for Coach, and Telfar Clemens for Telfar.
The nominees for American Emerging Designer of the Year are Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, Jameel Mohammed for Khiry, Kenneth Nicholson, and Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen.
The International Women’s Designer of the Year nominees are Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus.
Vying for International Men’s Designer of the Year are Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Rick Owens, and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.
“This is an important moment in American fashion. There is much excitement about the return of New York City and New York Fashion Week as well as the top caliber of diverse talent making their mark on the city and the global fashion landscape. The CFDA Fashion Awards are our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are looking forward to our industry coming together, in person again, to celebrate the very best of American creativity,” – said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.
Nominations for each award category were submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, comprised of members of the CFDA, and Vogue magazine.
“Save the date and stay tuned for more exciting news!” – added Steven Kolb.