The 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards are moving ahead, but with a few changes. Earlier this year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced that it had postponed the in-person ceremony (dubbed by industry insiders as “fashion prom”) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new date is September 14, when winners of the design categories will be announced on CFDA.com and the CFDA’s social media channels.
“In this time of unprecedented challenge and change for our industry, we feel very strongly that it is important to recognize the nominees representing the best of fashion creativity,” said Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA, in a statement. “We look forward to returning to an in-person celebration honoring the American fashion industry in 2021.”
Indeed, the 2020 edition will strictly focus on awarding the top fashion creatives in American womenswear, menswear, accessories, and emerging talent, along with global design‚ which, this year, has been enlarged to encompass both womenswear and menswear. Past honoree categories, including the Founder’s Award, the Award for Positive Change, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Fashion Icon Award (an accolade given to a buzzy celebrity with style chops) have been taken off the roster. And the pomp and pageantry normal to the ceremony—with musicians and Hollywood stars rubbing elbows with designers, brand reps, journalists, and stylists—has also been eschewed. Instead, the CFDA will divest all its efforts into promoting the future of fashion and helping labels hurting as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“In lieu of the in-person event, we will be prioritizing new and existing programming to support our designer community during the global pandemic—by redirecting efforts towards next generation scholarships and making important changes to bring racial equity to the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, in a statement. “The annual gala serves as our largest fundraiser, and our hope is to continue raising money to support this work through industry contributions.”
As far as the year’s nominees, the list includes many designers who have either won awards or have been nominated in the past. So, though the presentation of the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards is different, it is, by and large, still made up of familiar faces. See the complete list below.
American Womenswear Designer of the Year
Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Gabriela Hearst, and Brandon Maxwell.
American Menswear Designer of the Year
Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss, Thom Browne, Emily Adams Bode for Bode, Todd Snyder, and Tom Ford.
American Accessories Designer of the Year
Telfar Clemens for Telfar, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers for Coach, and Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry.
American Emerging Designer of the Year
Peter Do, Christopher John Rogers, Kenneth Nicholson, Reese Cooper, and Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud.
Global Women’s Designer of the Year
Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Miuccia Prada for Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Rick Owens.
Global Men’s Designer of the Year
Craig Green, Dries Van Noten, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, Kim Jones for Dior, and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.
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