In honor of

The imminent CFDA awards, celebrating American fashion talent and stuff like that


If I had to guess, I’d imagine CFDA stands for Certifiably Fancy Danish Apples. As luck would have it, though, this is not a guessing game and we can likely declare in unison that the Council of Fashion Designers of America knows nothing about Danish Apples. (Unless it does, in which case I apologize.) What’s certain, though, is that the council has an award ceremony on the imminent horizon.

In honor of June 3’s CFDA awards, and several of the supremely talented American designers being nominated to officially stake their respective claims as integral industry fixtures, here is an outfit that celebrates four of the eighteen nominees. Mathematically, I know this only amounts to a small fraction of the nominees, and I am wholly aware that this could have been far more interesting if I’d tried to style a look with eighteen different garments/accessories from all eighteen of the nominated designers. But when you’ve got Thom Browne cloaked over your shoulders, does any of that even really matter?

After all, there are really only six award categories – Menswear, Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of The Year, and the Swarovski Awards for Menswear, Womenswear, and Accessories – and four out of six ain’t half bad. In addition to the coat (Thom Browne has been nominated as a Menswear Designer of The Year and as such, I wear one of his mens coats delicately laced in red, white and blue stripes), I wear a black leather and orange dress by Creatures of The Wind (designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters are up for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear) adorned with beads and rocks and needlepoint work. Under said dress, I wear a blue and white Suno blouse featuring orange and green embroidery (Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty are nominees for the Swarovski Award for Womenwear), and a Pamela Love choker (Pamela Love’s in the running for the Swarovski Award for Accessories). Styled together in the spirit of ‘Hey, everyone’s a winner.’

Now, I’m not sure if you’ve figured this out yet, but the slideshow deliberately starts with a right leg kick to – yes – quite literally kickoff the weekend that comes just before the annual ceremony. If you’ve been unable to procure a ticket, don’t fret,‘s airing the broadcast on Tuesday. We can make like the Met and critique then. In the mean time, neat outfit?

Photos by Naomi Shon (sandals by Jimmy Choo)

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