For American fashion's biggest night, the show must go on. After being postponed earlier this year, the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards is moving forward — the winners will now be announced on CFDA.com and CFDA's social channels on September 14th as the kick off to New York Fashion Week.
"In this time of unprecedented challenge and change for our industry, we feel very strongly that it is it important to recognize the nominees representing the best of fashion creativity," said Tom Ford, Chairman of the CFDA. "We look forward to returning to an in-person celebration honoring the American fashion industry in 2021."
But first, the nominees, which the organization revealed this morning. For this year only, the CFDA has decided to focus on designer nominee categories and forego honoree awards, which in the past has lured high profile celebrities and top talent to the event. (There will be no "Fashion Icon" awards given out this time around, an honor given to names like Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez in previous years.)
Some big takeaways for this year's list are Tom Ford being nominated for Women's and Men's Designers of the Year (he was not in either category last year, but is now the organization's chairman) and the Olsen Twins nominated for Women's and Accessories Designers of the Year. Last year's Men's Designer of the Year winner Rick Owens is no longer in the category but rather in a new one for Global Women's Designer of the Year (a new category).
A couple of first-timers are featured as well, including Christopher John Rogers, Peter Do and Reese Cooper for American Emerging Designer of the Year. Nominations were submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, which is made up of CFDA members and top fashion retailers, journalists and stylists.
See, below, for the full list of 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees.