CFDA awards night; AND the winners are . . . .!

08 June 2010

Oh what a night! ‘Night of a thousand dresses’ . . . the ‘Fashion Oscars’ however you want to style it, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s annual bash took place last night. And, yes; it was glitzy. We knew the nominations, and even some of the winners beforehand, but we are still excited to bring you the news from the night itself.

Marc Jacobs, (we expect that his mantelpiece is pretty huge an’ all, but still, the man is practically an awards magnet) took home the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. Congratulations, Mr Jacobs. Meanwhile, an absolutely beaming Michael Kors was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement. He was just as gracious and sweet as his reputation would have you expect, saying "I thought to myself, `I'm just a kid. How did this happen?'"

The reason for Kors' moment in the spotlight was demonstrated by Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore a full-length black sequinned gown by the all-American designer, which his encapsulated his philosophy of simplicity plus serious glamour at a single stroke. Wow!

Supermodel Iman received the Fashion Icon prize. Former winners like Kate Moss and SJP are lauded for their individual and quirky personal styles, but Iman is better known for her poise and elegance. She’s also used her fashion spurs to launch her own line of makeup for black skin which does very well indeed. Her husband, none other than David Bowie, was there to support her. In her speech she looked at him saying “Move over David, you’re not the only icon in the house” Does that mean there’ll be a few ch-ch-changes round their way? (ho ho). Oh yep – and Iman had to actually earn her award, by co-hosting the event.

SJP with CDFA President DVF!

Alexander McQueen was honoured posthumously by his most Hollywood muse, Sarah Jessica Parker. She wore a shimmering, full-skirted gown from last year’s pre-fall collection, picked out for her by Sarah Burton, now head of design at the fashion house. SJP gave a heartfelt speech which was followed by a mini catwalk presentation of McQueen's final collection, the ornate Angels and Demons themed dresses that were first presented in Paris this spring.

Christopher Bailey won the International Award, jeweller Alexis Bittar beat Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler AND Marc Jacobs to the Accessory Designer of the Year gong. The Swarovski awards, which were given out by (the rather odd, but striking couple) Alexa Chung and Ed Westwick, went to Jason Wu for Swarovski Womanswear. The menswear prize went to Richard Chai, while the accessory design award went to Alexander Wang, who just missed out on the main prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year.  

All of the up-and-coming designer winners will receive a bursary from the crystal mega brand, as well as the chance to incorporate as many of the sparkly stones into their work as their heart desires. Well done, one and all!

-Naomi Attwood


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