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ESC: Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, CFDA

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In case you were wondering, the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards are tonight! (See Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid? That's how excited you should be.)

And in case you're unfamiliar with the event, celebrity stylist Sophie Lopez broke down what it is, who it honors, why she's so excited for them and lists her top three favorite designers of the moment (as well as her favorite looks) below.

So, what are the CFDA Fashion Awards anyways?
"It's an event hosted annually that celebrates extraordinary American fashion designers in womenswear, menswear and accessories. It also recognizes contributions made in the arts related to the fashion industry. The award recipients are chosen by the CFDA Guild, which consists of an invitation-only network of fashion designers, stylists and other accomplished influencers in the industry."

ESC: Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, CFDA

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Translation: "It's an amazing organization because it supports and promotes U.S.-based fashion designers." (Hi, Diane Von Furstenberg and Betsey Johnson!)

Why are the CFDAs exciting to you?
"It's so exciting when a designer, who I'm friends with and work with closely, is recognized and wins an award. It's such an honor for them to get the recognition they deserve for all of their hard work!"

Who are your favorite nominees?

ESC: Rodarte, CFDA

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Founded in LA by sister-duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte is known for detailed, complex and intricate designs as well as multi-layered garments. 

Nominated for: Womenswear Designer of the Year

ESC: Alexander Wang, CFDA

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Also NYC-based, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are the founding designers of Proenza Schouler. Think: refined ease. Effortless (yet incredible) style lives here.

Nominated for: Womenswear Designer of the Year and Accessories Designer of the Year

And the below designer even though he's not a nominee, because he's an absolute favorite.

ESC: Alexander Wang, CFDA

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Alexander Wang's edgy, urban and futuristic designs are what sets him apart (that, and the fact that his lines are now stocked in 700+ stores). 

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