I admit that I am a bit late posting about the CFDA. But it’s been a long week, people! 2 benefits, work and family duties kept me a few days away from my bijoux and sartorial obligations. I’ll get better about it. I promise.
I was happy about the nominees and the winners of the CFDA awards this year. They were truly representative of what it takes to succeed in this industry.
Fashionistas like Jessica Biel, The Olsen Twins and Anna Wintour came out in couture classics; Gwenyth Paltrow stole the show, channelling Grace Kelly glamour in a long, black paillette one shoulder Michael Kors gown and simple diamond Fred Leighton drops.
Sarah Jessica Parker wore Alexander McQueen (one of my favorite designers). McQueen, who committed suicide earlier this year, had one last line in the works, including this dress SJP wore to the event. She wore Stephen Russell jewelry: stunning diamond cluster earrings and a series of statement bangles, one of her favorite looks of late.
The top honors went to Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year, presented by Jessica Biel. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented by Anthony Mackie to Marcus Wainwright & David Neville for Rag & Bone. Alexis Bittar took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, presented by Dakota Fanning.
For the ninth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. With the announcement of the 2010 Swarovski Award nominees in March, Swarovski approached each designer with an opportunity to create the ultimate Swarovski piece to celebrate the category for which they were nominated. The designers went to work, utilizing Swarovski’s crystals, trims, and beads to evolve their ideas for what is now part of an exclusive compilation entitled: The CFDA Swarovski Award Collection. The collection will be sold with proceeds benefitting the CFDA’s educational initiatives. As each designer turned their sketch into a reality, Swarovski and film directors Josh Melnick and Xander Charity documented the process by creating a short film, BRILLIANT, which debuted during monday night’s ceremony.
Alexa Chung and Ed Westwick presented all three Swarovski Awards which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Jason Wu. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Richard Chai. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Alexander Wang. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Kors by Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue.
The late Alexander McQueen was honored with the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award by Sarah Jessica Parker for his indelible contribution to international fashion. A live presentation of his final sixteen looks were shown on models who appeared on a custom-built stage by Tony-Award winning set designer Scott Pask. This presentation was the first time the collection has been seen in its entirety since its original presentation in Paris in March 2010. The set featured the “Schonbek Olde World Chandelier”; a glass-arm chandelier with the most number of Swarovski crystal pendants in the world due to its special design and patented methods.