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CFDA Fashion Awards 2017, the “Fashion Oscar Night” is coming back

Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is an association of over 500 American fashion and accessory Designers, which promotes fashion design as part of American culture and art, and organizes annual events including the CFDA Fashion Awards.

Each June the CFDA Fashion Awards honors fashion personalities that mostly stood out throughout the year and recognize the outstanding contributions made to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement.

The CFDA Fashion Awards, which is considered as the highest honor of the fashion world, are often called "Fashion Oscar" for their importance in fashion industry.

This year the big event will be held on June 5th at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City with an amazing group of presenters for the award ceremony, including: Nicole Kidman will present the “Womenswear Designer of the Year” award, Armie Hammer will present the “Menswear Designer of the Year”, while Paris Jackson will do the honors for Accessory Designer of the Year.

For the first time, the CFDA has unified the “Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent” to include the womenswear, menswear and accessory design categories, and has introduced the “Swarovski Award for Positive Change” to honor an American designer who's positively impacted the community.

The 2017 CFDA will celebrate Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia from 1988, who died in December 2016, by honouring her with the Fashion Icon Award. During the evening, Rick Owens will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat McGrath will take the Founder’s Award. Demna Gvasalia will receive the International Award for his work at Balenciaga and Vetements. Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monáe will receive the Board of Directors’ Tribute for their work for women’s rights.

CFDA chairwoman, Diane von Furstenberg, unveiled the list of the nominees for 2017. Here they are below:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Joseph Altuzarra, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Menswear Designer of the Year

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Robert Geller, Thom Browne, Tim Chapman and Todd Snyder

Accessory Designer of the Year

Stuart Vevers for Coach, Irene Neuwirth, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Paul Andrew and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent

Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection; Gabriela Hearst Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, Virgil Abloh for Off-White and Sander Lak for Sies Marjan.

Pitti Uomo 92: the highlights of this edition

Pitti Uomo is the international exhibition par excellence for the world of men's fashion. Since the '70s, businessmen and creative individuals have met in Florence (Italy) twice a year to track the trends for future seasons and share and compare new styles. It's an unmissable event for globally influential buyers, trendsetters and journalists. 

This year the event will take place from 13th to 16th June 2017 at the Fortezza da Basso with a new geography of the fair and it will uncover new and more stimulating routes of the exhibition itinerary through a redistribution of the spaces, an expansion of the sections representing today’s most contemporary experimental menswear styles and the development of the areas projected towards the future of fashion.

The vital energy and surprising beauty of flowers together form the inspiration for “BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS”, the main theme of the Pitti 92 summer fairs. Flowers that bloom like new creative ideas: unlikely, effervescent, ironic, without bucolic references to nature or green ethics but rather in a joyful, colorful aesthetic as if they were computer icons. Huge, inflatable plastic flowers, gigantic sculptures, flying bouquets, or flower-shaped fans are the emblems of the many new ideas that are blossoming.

The special events and guests at this edition

Christian Louboutin, the absolute icon of the world of luxury shoes, has chosen Florence to launch a new project. A surprising special event  which will not only involve the fashion community but the entire city of Florence. On Tuesday June 13, the games begin as an engaging sporting event, held in a historic location in the center of Florence, brings together eight competing teams from the four corners of the globe. Pitti guests will be invited to not only watch the tournament but also, should they wish, to participate in a series of masterclasses led by the sportsmen themselves. On the evening of Tuesday June 13, at the Manifattura Tabacchi, the HUGO SS18 collection will be presented with a special fashion show combining menswear and womenswear releases.

Wednesday June 14, at Villa La Pietra, JW Anderson will present his SS18 men’s collection in Italy for the first time, whereas Thursday June 15, OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ will present the SS18 menswear collection together with a selection of the women’s pre-collection.

Important première at Pitti Uomo for Alanui which will realize a special site-specific installation on the morning of Thursday 15 June in the beautiful setting of the Roster Tepidarium.

Among the highlights of this edition will be: PS by Paul Smith, after the success of the last edition, the British designer’s contemporary line returns to Pitti Uomo (Wednesday June 14) and Tommy Hilfiger will premiere the Hilfiger Edition Spring 2018 collection and take part in the fair for the second consecutive season.

Cannes Film Festival 2017: all about the 70th edition of the French event

The 70th Cannes Film Festival will take place from the 17th  to 28th of May  2017:  it will consist in twelve days of previews, awards, guests, press conferences, but also Red Carpet nights, exclusive parties and much more!

As every year, Croisette is set to become the point of reference for auteur cinema, opening its doors to international film directors, actors and actresses and showing in its theatres the most anticipated movies.

The French festival will officially open on the 17th of May with the show of the opening film: this year French director Arnaud Desplechin’s "Les Fantomes d'Ismael" with Mathieu Amlaric and Marion Cotillard will have the honour to inaugurate the event.

In addition to the previews and some out of competition films, the Cannes Film Festival 2017 will focus on the Official Selection, that consists in the 18 competition films yearning for winning the prestigious Golden Palm.

Pedro Almodóvar will head the jury of the Cannes Film Festival and he will be flanked by Monica Bellucci, who will be the maîtresse des Cérémonies and the goddess of the 70th edition of the Festival. The Italian actress will attend the opening and the closing ceremonies.

Every year the Cannes Film Festival also presents an official Poster that expresses the spirit of the show. This year the official poster is dedicated to Claudia Cardinale. Over the years Marcello Mastroianni, Marilyn Monroe and the couple Paul Newman - Joan Woodward  had the honour of being portrayed on the poster.

The "day by day" calendar of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 includes not only movie shows. Many events are planned, and some of them are related to works associated to brands traditionally linked to the Festival: an example is the Chopard party, one of the most exclusive ones of the Festival.

The evening Red Carpets are the daily appointment and the symbol of the Cannes Festival where the most elegant, most precious and even the most striking dresses are shown off. The international guests of Cannes then climb the marvelous montée des marches which leads to the magical Palais, where the magic of cinema is performed.

This edition will be a glamorous event, which will be even more fascinating this year thanks to the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Cannes Film Festival.

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