CFDA Nominees in Their Own Words

We could talk about their impressive collections until we're blue in the face, but let's allow these CFDA and Swarovski nominees to speak for themselves, shall we?

FashionEtc sat down with many a CFDA-er over the past several months, so it seems appropriate to revisit these chats as we prepare for the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 6.  Jason Wu on manicures, Reed Krakoff on Ultimate Fighters, Joseph Altuzarra on cone boobs (really!)—these designers dished with the best of 'em.

Check out our interviews with all three men, as well as Eddie Borgo, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, and Alejandro Ingelmo. And if you still need a brush up, read these little-known facts about each of the CFDA and Swarovski award nominees.

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Photo: Dan King
Jason Wu

Your accessories line debuted for Spring '11. Have you wanted to do shoes and bags for a while?

When I launched my RTW collection in 2006, I always had a goal to introduce accessories and evolve into a lifestyle brand. The launch of shoes and bags is a natural extension to completing that goal.

Your accessories are very Hollywood glam—classic yet chic. Are you going to keep that a running theme throughout the line?

I wanted to apply my aesthetic and vision to a collection of accessories that is timeless and sophisticated. As my company grows, I would definitely like to further develop into the world of Jason Wu. Read more from Jason Wu.

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Photo: Patrick McMullan
Proenza Schouler

"We took a road trip after the last show from Santa Fe up to Wyoming. We're on the road for a couple weeks, just exploring. Just in general, a lot of those blankets we're researching, we're developing those motifs into some insane jacquards and then we embroidered that." Watch the video for more on Proenza Schouler.

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Photo courtesy of Reed Krakoff
Reed Krakoff

What made you launch the Reed Krakoff line?

Primarily, we felt there was a different woman out there. And that there was a space for an American luxury brand that wasn't being filled. That was really the fundamental aspect of it.

How would you describe the Reed Krakoff customer?

It's definitely a woman who's confident, has a busy life, works, travels, doesn't dress head to toe. Who understands quality and timelessness but isn't looking for something too classic. It's a combination of a lot of juxtapositions, of something that's quite beautifully rendered and executed but at the same time it has to have a level of design and newness. Read more from Reed Krakoff.