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05/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

CFDA Nominees 'Like The Cool Group In High School,' Says Exec

This year's Council of Fashion Designers of America awards are set for June 7 and the nominees are already campaigning for voters' support, WWD reports. Designer Vera Wang remarked, "It's political. Of course, there are politics involved. It's also emotional. People have a vested interest in who they support. They're often friends."

Politics? Friends? Sounds like that time we ran for ninth grade president, but lost out to the popular kids. In fact, one anonymous exec says it's exactly like that:

"There is this little group of designers and they just switch around the names every year. It's a bit like the cool group in high school, which is so self-congratulatory."

And the cool group is totally obsessed with sucking up to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour...but former CFDA executive director Stan Herman says the CFDA is not in Anna Wintour's (presumably fur-lined) pocket:

"Yes, she's an influential person. Yes, she's a dominant force in the business. But we have a five-pocket jean, and she's not in all the pockets. But she is an important factor....I wish we had more people who would step up to the plate and put their money where their mouth is. Nurturing talent is a very complicated issue."

About 500 people will cast their final ballots before the big ceremony. We can't wait to see who wins it all.