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.
Menswear Designer of the Year Nominee
Being the menswear director for Bergdorf Goodman for five years prepared Michael Bastian to launch his own collection. Bastian designs clothes for the modern man, favoring looks that are luxurious yet broken in and familiar. Abstract hip-hop artist Kid Cudi is a fan as seen here at the designer’s presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009.