ESSENCE.com celebrates the creativity of the talented designers nominated for the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CDFA) 2009 Awards taking place tonight in New York City. The CDFA is recognized for developing America’s top fashion forward thinkers. Check out this year’s crop of nominee’s and the celebrities who covet them.
Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominee
This label is designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The hot young duo have only been around for four years and they’ve already joined the ranks of fashion’s elite. Rodate designed the ripped leather thigh highs that Rihanna was spotted in recently.