You couldn’t throw a canapé without hitting an A-list designer at Wednesday’s cocktail party heralding the announcement of those nominated for the annual awards bestowed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (not that we’d dream of behaving in such a manner, especially with CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg an arm’s length away).

The convivial gathering took place at DVF’s Meatpacking District studio, with a packed house that included Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, Francisco Costa, Gilles Mendel, Phillip Lim, Reed Krakoff, and a host of other boldfaced names.

These are the Oscars of fashion, except the CFDAs go one better; unlike the film community’s televised event in L.A., CFDA award hopefuls are very often in the crowd as nominations are announced, which always makes for a nice moment.

In addition to nominees, those receiving honorary awards were also announced and include Tommy Hilfiger, who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Johnny Depp, who will accept the CFDA’s Fashion Icon award (the first time a man has been named for the honor). Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers was also announced as the host of the awards ceremony, set for Monday, June 4, at Lincoln Center.

And indeed, you can expect the 2012 ceremony to pull out the stops: It’s the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, and CEO Steven Kolb noted that this year’s crop of nominees “truly represent the important influence of American design.”

Here is the full list of nominees and honorary award recipients:

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Marc Jacobs

Menswear Designer of the Year
Billy Reid
Patrik Ervell
Simon Spurr

Accessory Designer of the Year
Alexander Wang
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Reed Krakoff

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Chris Peters and Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind
Joseph Altuzarra
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Antonio Azzuolo
Phillip Lim
Todd Snyder

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Irene Neuwirth
Pamela Love
Tabitha Simmons

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Tommy Hilfiger

The Eugenia Sheppard Media Award
Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

The Fashion Icon Award
Johnny Depp

The Eleanor Lambert Founders Award
Theory CEO Andrew Rosen

The International Award
Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons

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