Get to Know Your CFDA Nominess


You might think you know this year's crop of CFDA nominees, but how many tattoos does Marc Jacobs have? How does Michael Bastian inject a little Marilyn Monroe into his menswear? And what on earth do Reed Krakoff, Mandy Moore, and Ultimate Fighters have in common?

FashionEtc dug deep to bring you the little-known facts about the class of 2011—including how an over-10,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusk might just be your next fashionable must-have.

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Marc Jacobs

NOMINATED FOR: Womenswear Designer of the Year

Jacobs, the oldest of this year's decidedly youthful crop of nominees, also presumably takes the superlative for most tattoos (unless Jason Wu has been seriously hiding something) with a reported 28. His ink art includes SpongeBob SquarePants, an M&M character, Jacobs as a Simpson cartoon character, a couch on his hip, the word "Shameless" on his chest, two versions of the logo for porn magazine Oui, "Bros Before Hos" on his forearm, and "Perfect" on his right wrist.


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Proenza Schouler

NOMINATED FOR: Womenswear Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez may have their fashion line as their day job, but the duo also keeps a farm in the Berkshires, where they have cows, goats, chickens and sheep—and engage in activities like tilling soil and wood chopping.


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Alexander Wang

NOMINATED FOR: Womenswear Designer of the Year, Swarovski Award for Menswear, Accessories Designer of the Year

The 27-year-old designs for edgy model types, but he's still a kid at heart. His favorite movie? The 1995 classic Clueless.


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Michael Bastian

NOMINATED FOR: Menswear Designer of the Year

We expect it might be hard to be inspired by Marilyn Monroe when you're designing menswear. Not so for Bastian: For his début line for Gant, he took cues from the men in the life of the blonde bombshell, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.



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