Nadja Swarovski summed up the generous spirit of the event: “Swarovski eagerly looks forward to watching a brilliant future unfold for each Swarovski Award winner, and we are delighted to be involved in their journey toward achieving fashion greatness.”

TREND REPORT CFDA Fashion Awards 2011

Council of Fashion Designers of America recognizes three dazzling young designers

In a star-studded award ceremony supported for the tenth year by Swarovski and attended by some of the most influential names in American fashion, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners of its annual Fashion Awards.

CFDA president Diane Von Furstenburg also presented Vice President of International Communications, Nadja Swarovski, with a handcrafted Trova Award gleaming with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, specially created for her by jewelry designer Philip Crangi. It represents public recognition of Swarovski’s dedication to nurturing young designers.

The three Swarovski Awards, given to honor the achievements of relatively new talent, were for Womenswear (Prabal Gurung); Menswear (Robert Geller); and Accessory Design (Eddie Borgo). The award also includes financial support and access to the vast range of beautiful SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. The three will follow in the footsteps of some high-achieving previous recipients, including Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and Alexander Wang, 21 of whom appeared on the stage to show their appreciation for Swarovski’s decade of involvement.

Prabal Gurung
Singapore-born Gurung, who was nominated against the Olsen twins, among others, and famously dressed US First Lady Michelle Obama, was as humble as always at the ceremony, complimenting everyone else’s outfits and talent, saying: “Everyone’s a competitor, but everyone’s also a friend.” He even stopped between interviews on the red carpet (grey, actually) to dash over and snap Lady Gaga, recipient of The Fashion Icon Award, with his camera phone, saying, “I’m going to tweet it! I love her!”

Robert Geller
The Menswear Award will be a very appropriate feather in the cap for German-born Geller: his Spring 2012 collection featured a number of wide-brimmed, floppy Fedoras – a nod to ’70s-era David Bowie – offset by some sporty sweatshirts and mesh vests.

Eddie Borgo
Borgo, whose designs have been described as a ‘fusion of high-end meets street, combined with New York punk sensibility’, said he found being nominated very encouraging, and that he was flattered and excited to be there.

Nadja Swarovski summed up the generous spirit of the event: “Swarovski eagerly looks forward to watching a brilliant future unfold for each Swarovski Award winner, and we are delighted to be involved in their journey toward achieving fashion greatness.”

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