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The 2021 CFDA Awards are coming and here are the nominees

As you know, the CFDA Fashion Awards are huge. Think of it as the Oscars or the Golden Globes of the fashion world, but backed by a good cause. First founded in 1962 to help promote and support American designers through scholarships, opportunities and finances - the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards has launched the careers of many including Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and Tom Ford.

Every year as the awards ceremony begins to roll around, every young designer and the industry at large all wait with bated breath for the official announcements of the CFDA Fashion Award nominees. And if our dear Simon Porte Jacquemus's Instagram story last night wasn't your big leak - then we are happy to share with you the names of the official contenders up for this years fashion Oscar,

Now, with an award ceremony this sizeable and honourable - there are several categories involved. From the The Environmental Sustainability Award, American Womenswear Designer of the Year Award to the highly credible International Women’s Designer of the Year Award - we see our favourite names from Bottega Veneta's Daniel Lee, Balenciaga's Demna Gvasalia and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen up the American Accessories Designer Award for The Row.

Below RUSSH have rounded up the full list of nominees, in officially welcoming the 2021 CFDA Fashion Award season.


CFDA 2021 Fashion Awards Nominees and Honorees


The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert

Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge


The Environmental Sustainability Award



The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard

Nina Garcia


The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Dapper Dan


The Board of Directors’ Tribute

Yeohlee Teng


American Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominees

Catherine Holstein for Khaite
Christopher John Rogers
Gabriela Hearst
Marc Jacobs
Peter Do

American Menswear Designer of the Year Nominees

Emily Adams Bode for Bode
Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God
Mike Amiri for Amiri
Telfar Clemens for Telfar
Thom Browne


American Accessories Designer of the Year Nominees

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Aurora James for Brother Vellies
Gabriela Hearst
Stuart Vevers for Coach
Telfar Clemens for Telfar


American Emerging Designer of the Year Nominees

Edvin Thompson for Theophilio
Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL
Jameel Mohammed for Khiry
Kenneth Nicholson
Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen


International Women’s Designer of the Year Nominees

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada
Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino
Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus


International Men’s Designer of the Year Nominees

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
Dries Van Noten
Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner
Rick Owens
Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton


The CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony will take place November 10, 2021 with more information available on


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