New York-based designer, Alexander Wang was nominated for two CFDA Awards this year: Accessories Designer of the Year, but more importantly, Womenswear Designer of the Year. He may not have taken home any CFDA Trovas on Monday night, but at the end of the day, isn't he already the real winner? Last November, he was appointed creative director of Paris-based design house, Balenciaga, which means he beat out a much larger pool of "nominees" than his two competitors on Monday night, which were the boys of Proenza Schouler (who won) and Marc Jacobs. Wang landed the Balenciaga gig, but not before other potential candidates were given some consideration. Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Kostas Murkudis, Bouchra Jarrar, Mary Katrantzou, J.W. Anderson and Thomas Tait, among others, were reportedly in the running to replace Nicolas Ghesquière, as well.
Sure, a CFDA Award is absolutely a meaningful nod from industry insiders that you are doing something right, an appointment at Balenciaga, one of the most prestigious luxury design houses in the world, may just take the cake. From the effortlessly luxurious wardrobe basics that Wang became known for after dropping out of Parsons School of Design to international notoriety as the new guy in charge at Balenciaga, I guess it would be a bit much to snub Marc and Jack and Lazaro (of Proenza Schouler) and also give him a CFDA Award, no?