CFDA 2008: Will Marc Jacobs' Bad Behavior Be Rewarded?

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) just announced the nominees for its annual awards (think: the Oscars of the fashion industry), and, as reported earlier, Marc Jacobs nabbed a prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year nod. But considering the fact that his peers spent the past year harping on him and that every critic under the sun (except the ever-adoring Cathy Horyn) said that his Spring/Summer 2008 collection sucked big time, the nomination seemed a little shocking. Still, he'll probably win: After all, he's probably the American designer with the most name recognition and ability to parlay his branded name into dollar signs. After the jump, I compare Jacobs to the other nominees, including those for the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year (given to a rising designer with the most promise), complete with pretty photos, and a tiny bit of backstory on each.

Womenswear Designer of the Year:


Designer: Marc Jacobs Known for: Running late, reviving punk, loving Victoria Beckham and Sponge Bob SquarePants, equally Seen on: Posh, natch. Also: Winona Ryder, Courtney Love, M.I.A., and every starlet under the sun Odds of winning: 2:3 (I mean, the guy had a nervous breakdown and put out two radically different collections this year. Plus, he got CFDA prez Diane von Furstenberg to say that she would chain herself to a grate before she let him show in Paris)

Designer: Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Known for: Keeping it simple, being a nice guy Seen on: Ashley Olsen, Kate Bosworth, ELLE editor-in-chief Roberta Myers Odds of winning: 1:3 (Won in 2006 — doesn't really need to win again)


Designer: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler. Known for: Intricate bustier dresses, being style chameleons, being child prodigies Seen on: Amy Adams, Isla Fisher Odds of winning: 1:3 (Won last year, but tied with Oscar de la Renta. Is this their year to not share the spotlight?)

Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year:


Designer: Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte Known for: Gauze-strewn punk fairy dresses; being "intellectual" Seen on: Natalie Portman Odds of winning: 1:3 (Might be too intellectual and not practical enough for the fickle fashion world.)


Designer: Thakoon Panichgul Known for: Wares that resemble the love-child of a hippie and a minimalist Seen on: Top fashion editors, young fashion assistants who blow an entire fiscal quarter's pay on one piece Odds of winning: 2:3 (The vet of the young designer set. He'll probably be rewarded for his good behavior)


Designer: Alexander Wang Known for: Being a punk rock outlaw Seen on: 15-year old Estonian models Odds of winning: 1:3 (The young whippersnapper just got into the game — they're going to make him work for a statuette)

[Photos via AP, Getty, and]

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Just a quick note: That tall, gorgeous redhead in the Prouenza Schouler photo group? That's Alice Burdeau, the winner of Australia's Next Top Model last season, and proof that it's not the formula that's bad, it's TYRA-MONSTER who fucks it all up.

My absolute head-over-heels love affairs with Marc Jacobs and Prouenza Schouler are fighting in my heart, but I think I want Marc to win a prize.

Also: Rodarte rules, and should win, methinks. Though Thakoon is always really interesting.