Michael Kors finally gets his trio. “This is my third Supreme,” Kors said of his CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, his third CFDA Award overall. “I have the two back up singers and this is my Diana Ross.” He added that the award is a great one to kick off his 30th year in business. “I never thought that I’d ever do anything other than maybe have a show in New York. This is great because I’ve always been a flag waver for American design. For me, it’s exciting to see the impact of American style and taste around the world.”
Kors joined many of the other nominees, the CFDA’s Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb, Swarovski’s Nadja Swarovski and fashion’s best and brightest at von Furstenberg’s studio in the Meatpacking District Wednesday evening to celebrate the nominees for the CFDA Awards. One nominee for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear almost didn’t make it. “I was late because of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I was on 55th Street,” said Jason Wu, “and traffic was insane. I was walking up the stairs when my name was called. It was serendipity,” he added. Fellow nominee Prabal Gurung was similarly taken aback. “When I came here, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said, “and then I saw all my friends, so I figured we were all invited.” And then his name was called, “I’m literally kind of speechless. In my head I’m trying to form a sentence that sums it all up.” Swarovski Award for Menswear nominee Simon Spurr was quickly in and out, as he was on his way to the airport for a flight to Italy. “I’m overwhelmed and jubilant and proud to be there especially when I think of the competition,” he said. “I think of myself as a humble guy, so I’m just pleased to be here.”
“To me, this year truly marks the emergence of a new chapter,” said Swarovski, whose company sponsors the emerging talent awards, and the Awards show overall. “Last year’s designers are already moving up to the big awards,” she added, citing that von Furstenberg should take much of the credit. “Diane is the Godmother of the industry. She really brings camaraderie to the fashion industry. She’s bringing us together like a family.” The 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards winners will be announced on June 7 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The public can get involved by voting for its favorite designer in the Popular Vote Award sponsored by L’Oréal Paris starting in April.
For a complete list of nominees and honorees, visit http://www.cfda.com/cfda-announces-2010-cfda-fashion-awards-nominees-honorees/.