In recognition of the influence of social media in the industry, the CFDA is giving the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award to Instagram. Past honorees have included leading fashion journalists and photographers like Tim Blanks, Robin Givhan, Andre Leon Talley, Bruce Weber and Gilles Bensimon. Other honorees include Mickey Drexler (Eleanor Lambert Founder’s Award), Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri (International Award) and Betsey Johnson (Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement). Emerging talents are represented at the ceremony through the Swavorski Awards category. The nominees are as follows: Swarovski Award for Womenswear Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School Rosie Assoulin Ryan Roche Swarovski Award for Menswear Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air Alex Orley, Matthew Orley, and Samantha Orley for Orley Ariel Ovadia and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Paul Andrew Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel I cast my votes in early May and here’s hoping some, if not all, of my picks will win. Stay tuned to find out the winners.