What to Expect at Tonight's CFDA Awards

What to Expect at Tonight's CFDA Awards

The list of nominees includes Thom Browne, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, Marc Jacobs, and more

The list of nominees includes Thom Browne, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, Marc Jacobs, and more

Text: Veronica Radyuk

The CFDA Awards are what many refer to as the "Oscars of Fashion"—and if anything is an indicator of the event's prestige, it's the guest list. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid have attended the event in the past, wearing designer gowns and pieces that dreams are made of (who could ever forget Rihanna's 2014 look—a totally sheer Adam Selman dress?).

This year, we can only assume that the awards will bring in more designers and celebrities that raise the bar with over-the-top looks. As for the ceremony itself, chief executive of the CFDA Steven Kolb is already promising for an unexpected evening with comedian Joel McHale as the event's host. The awards of the evening include Womenswear Designer of the Year and the International Award, with nominees like Marc Jacobs, Joseph Altuzarra, and Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen. The event will also include a tribute to David Bowie as a way to pay homage to his revolutionary mark on the fashion industry. The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards will be held at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom.

See below for the full list of nominees and honorees.

Womenswear Designer Of The Year

Joseph Altuzarra, Altuzarra

Marc Jacobs

Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler

Kate & Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte

Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Menswear Designer Of The Year

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, Rag & Bone

Tim Coppens

Thom Browne

Todd Snyder

Accessories Designer Of The Year

Joseph Altuzarra, Altuzarra

Irene Neuwirth

Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel, Mansur Gavriel

Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler

Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Swarovski Award For Womenswear

Brandon Maxwell

Laura Kim & Fernando Garcia, Monse

Ryan Roche

Swarovski Award For Menswear

Rio Uribe, Gypsy Sport

John Elliott

Alex Orley, Matthew Orley & Samantha Orley, Orley

Swarovski Award For Accessory Design

Aurora James, Brother Vellies

Gigi Burris

Paul Andrew

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Norma Kamali

International Award

Alessandro Michele, Gucci

The Founder’S Award In Honor Of Eleanor Lambert

Donna Karan

The Media Award In Honor Of Eugenia Sheppard

Imran Amed, The Business of Fashion

The Board Of Directors’ Special Tribute

David Bowie

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