On June 2nd, The Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) will host their annual Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The CFDA Awards are to the American fashion industry what the Oscars and Grammys are to the American film and music industries. And once again, a handful of our own Parsons alumni have been nominated across the different categories, which include top honors for design in womenswear, menswear, and accessories.
From his legendary revamp of the House of Gucci, to starting his own eponymous label, to directing an Oscar-nominated film, to even having a Jay-Z song named after him, it seems Tom Ford has truly done it all. This year’s ceremony, Tom Ford will be honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his influence on both the American and international fashion industries. He’s won Designer of the Year awards for his own brand in both menswear and womenswear, an Accessories Designer of the Year during his stint as Creative Director at Yves Saint Laurent, and received the CFDA Board of Director’s tribute in 2004. Despite his impact on the fashion world, Tom Ford oddly enough graduated with a degree in…architecture! It just goes to show that design truly has no limits, and his ability to wear so many creative hats proves why he really does deserve this honor.
Two heads are better than one, right? At least that’s what Jake McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez must hold dear to their hearts. After their days toiling in the studios at Parsons 560 (RIP) and even collaborating for their Senior Thesis, the duo’s label—Proenza Schouler—has taken the fashion world by storm since its inception in 2002. After showing promise with their Emerging Talent Award in 2003, they’ve since won Womenswear Designer of the Year on three separate occasions. This year, the Proenza boys are once again nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year.
Marc Jacobs has become the undisputed king of fashion. From building his eponymous fashion empire to his 16-year tenure at the French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, Mr. Jacobs has certainly made his “Marc.” (See what i did there?!) He’s already racked in nine CFDA awards and countless other nominations throughout his nearly 30 years in the business. This year is no different, as he’s once again in the running for Womenswear Designer of the Year, along with fellow Parsons alum Alexander Wang. Jacobs had previously won the Womenswear award in 2010, 1997, and 1992. During the 2012 ceremony, Jacobs was awarded with the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alexander Wang has been making his mark on the world of fashion. He’s created one of the most sought-after brands of our generation, and at only 30 years-old, he’s already been the head honcho at Balenciaga for over a year. No stranger to the CFDA, Wang has won three awards since launching his namesake collection in 2007. For the second consecutive year, Wang is in the running for both Womenswear Designer of the Year, which he had previously won in 2011, as well as Accessories Designer of the Year.
Good luck to all the CFDA nominees representing Team Parsons!