CFDA Awards 2009: winners and who wowed on the red carpet

16 June 2009


Leading American designers and their most famous supporters flocked to New York's Lincoln Centre last night for the biggest night in their fashion calendar: the CFDAs, otherwise known as the fashion Oscars. Nerves were running high beforehand. One woman admitted crash-dieting to fit into her dress. The Rodarte sisters, who were nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year, had spent all afternoon watching the movie Midnight Cowboy to calm themselves down. And even super-cool Agyness Deyn stopped for a pre-awards ceremony cigarette before walking the, er, beige carpet. Only Alexander Wang was calm, telling reporters he was ‘not nervous at all' and totally ‘forgot it was the CFDAs' when he woke up. The young designer took to the slightly soggy beige carpet with model Drew Hemingway, who was wearing one of his designs. And he wasn't the only designer to score big-name support: Blake Lively and Coco Rocha wore Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe opted for Louis Vuitton in support of her long-time friend Marc Jacobs, and model Doutzen Kroes seemed to have had a brilliant time getting glammed up by Zac Posen.

And then the awards began. A joke about the controversial Kiefer Sutherland/Proenza Schouler ‘headbutting' incident that happened at the Met Ball earlier this year kicked off proceedings. But though that was met with 'weak laughter', the rest of the night hotted up. Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte picked up the Womenswear Designer of the Year award and were so excited they called their mum immediately afterwards. ‘She said she knew we would win. But she also thinks she's psychic.' Their supporter for the night, Kirsten Dunst, was overexcited too. Backstage she pretended her clutch was a microphone and kept announcing the Rodarte girls victory over and over! Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection tied for the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler won Accessory Designer of the Year. The Swarovski awards for emerging talent, meanwhile, went to Alexander Wang for Womenswear, and Anna Sui was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Newly engaged Marc Jacobs picked up the International Award for his work at Louis Vuitton – which no doubt he'll be adding to the fireplace he's just purchased for his new vacation home. Ralph Lauren scooped the first ever Popular Vote Award and Michelle Obama accepted her special tribute award via video link from the White House.

And the night didn't end there. After-parties sprung up all over New York. Models Agyness Deyn and Sasha Pivovarova supported Anna Sui, Demi Moore's daughters danced with Daphne Guinness at Calvin Klein's, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld languished on the sofas of a New York hotel with Thakoon and the Proenza Schouler boys until the early hours of this morning. Something tells us there won't be much work going on in the American fashion industry this morning...

Check out who wore what below, and click here for our CFDA Awards Fashion Jury Special!

Agyness Deyn

Mixing a super feminine 20's style flapper dress with a tough black biker jacket in true Agy style. We love.

Ashley Olsen

Ashley and twin Mary-Kate just turned 23 over the weekend, and she sure looks all grown up in this striking maxi-length gown in a gorgeous tangerine hue. We love the embellishment too

Blake Lively

Wowser! Blake is sizzling in this hot pink strapless number from Michael Kors - Serena Van Der Woodsen would be proud…

Claire Danes

Claire looks chic and elegant in this long black dress by Narciso Rodriguez and Tiffany jewellery, we only wish she’d brought along current beau Hugh Dancy as her accessory!

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger just can’t put a fashion-forward foot wrong at the moment in this custom made Jason Wu gown with mini military-style epaulettes.

Heidi Klum

We love this Michael Kors number on Heidi, especially since she admitted to shortening it herself. Apparently the supermodel just loves to ‘shorten everything’. Lovely.

Hilary Rhoda

The supermodel is working a tricky colour in this one-shouldered mauve dress by Calvin Klein. But she still manages to look drop-dead gorgeous with her scraped back her and pared down accessories.

Kerry Washington

We're in love with this floor length Doo.Ri gown that Kerry's paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and Movado jewellery. Divine.

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten opted for a dress by the Womenswear Designer of the Year winners Rodarte. And mighty fine it looks too with those fabulous chunky booties and Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.

Lydia Hearst

An ethereal white Marc Bouwer gown is a super elegant choice for the socialite, and the asymmetric cut is bang on trend.

Molly Sims

A brave and fashion-forward choice from the model in Autumn/Winter 09/10 Dolce & Gabbana, and we love that Marilyn Monroe made an appearance. Kinda.

Olivia Palermo

The City star Olivia looks suitably chic in this David Meister peplum dress, and top marks for tapping into the new nudes trend too.

Rachel Zoe

We already knew Rachel was going to be supporting Marc Jacobs by wearing Vuitton, but we heart this nude Grecian style dress she wore with vintage Chanel earrings and Louis Vuitton shoes.

Tallulah Willis

Clearly all that interning at Harper's Bazaar has rubbed off on the 15 year old, because Tallulah looks divine in this off the shoulder Calvin Klein number. Bruce and Demi can be very proud!

Zoe Saldana

Always a winner where the red carpet is concerned, Zoe Saldana opted for a simple frock from Calvin Klein with nude accessories. Simply stunning.


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