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The CFDA Awards 2011: A Bright Night for American Fashion

The CFDA Awards 2011: A Bright Night for American Fashion

The CFDA red (purple actually) carpet was full of eye-popping neon rainbow ensembles. Everyone from models Chanel Iman and Alessandra Ambrosio to J Crew designer Jenna Lyons, cosmetics guru Aerin Lauder and pregnant actress Jessica Alba opted for bright shades at this year’s awards ceremony.

This year’s nominees and honorees reflect the depth of accomplishment of American fashion and acknowledge the pervasive influence that a new generation of talent is having on the industry while also celebrating the masters of design. They are…

CFDA Awards 2011: The Winners and Nominees

Womenswear Designer of the Year Winner: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. Nominated: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs

Menswear Designer of the Year Winner: Michael Bastian. Nominated: Michael Bastian, Simon Spurr, and Patrik Ervell

Accessory Designer of the Year Winner: Alexander Wang. Nominated: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Reed Krakoff

Swarovski Award for Womenswear Winner: Prabal Gurung. Nominated: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, and Prabal Gurung

Swarovski Award for Menswear Winner: Robert Gellar. Nominated : Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Robert Gellar

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Winner: Eddie Borgo. Nominated: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, and Pamela Love

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Marc Jacobs

The Fashion Icon Award Winner: Lady Gaga

The International Award: Phoebe Philo of Céline

A HUGE Congratulations to Symphony designer Prabal Gurung who picked up the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Gurung has come a long way since he launched his first eponymous collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2009, the Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection (available exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall from September 2011) marked the fifth season for the rising American designer.

This year’s CFDA Awards (A.K.A. The Fashion Oscar’s) red carpet did not disappoint, models, actresses, designers and key industry players blew us away…. here are our favourite looks:

Kanye West and Phoebe Philo of Céline (Winner: The International Award)

Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors

Symphony designer Erin Fetherston in her own design ♥

Hana Soukupova in Marchesa

Alessandra Ambrosio in Prabal Gurung

Karolina Kurkova in DVF

Tory Burch in her own design

Chanel Iman

Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu with the designer

Lucy Liu in Monique Lhuillier

Alexander Wang (Winner: Accessory Designer of the Year) and Iris Apfel who presented the designer with his award

Chloe Sevigny in Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Resort 2012

A pregnant Jessica Alba in custom-made DVF

Leigh Lezark

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen in The Row

Lady Gaga picked up the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, past winners include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and Chanel Iman. The singer gave a heartfelt speech, talking about how fashion affects her and how much it means to her; commenting “Fashion made me feel like a star before I was”. The star also thanked her long time fashion buddy and stylist Nicola Formichetti; now Creative Director at Thierry Mugler- the label Gaga chose for the event. Gaga also regaled a funny story about receiving a text message from none other than Anna Wintour!

Lady Gaga (Winner: Fashion Icon) in Thierry Mugler

Gaga’s towering platforms

Vogue’s Anna Wintour in Marc Jacobs

The Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander

Hilary Alexander was honoured with the Media Award; on stage, Alexander, who wore glitter in her hair announced that she was still clutching her reporters’ notebook. “It is terribly hard to prise a fashion journalist from her notebook. It might require surgical intervention. I am hugely honoured and feel I am accepting this award on behalf of the entire British fashion industry.” Michael Kors who presented Alexander with her award called her “unsinkable.” Kors applauded her “enthusiasm and fearless energy with which she has covered fashion” and called her a “great cheerleader for style and a friend of fashion.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to design Marc Jacobs who was presented his award by close friend Sofia Coppola…

Sofia Coppola wearing Marc Jacobs with the designer (Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award)

The CFDA Board of Directors paid tribute to Arthur Elgort; whose award was presented by Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington. Since the 1970’s, Elgort’s photography has had a prolific influence on fashion, creating images that have captured people’s imagination and inspired fashion lovers worldwide. His chosen genre of photography is a delightfully casual, optimistic, delirious energy of clothes being lived in, loved in, and travelled in—and, best of all, worn on a model who looks like she is having fun in the bargain.

Grace Coddington presents photographer Arthur Elgot with The CDFA Board of Directors Award

One of Elgort’s iconic photographs: Stella Tennant diving into a Hampton’s pool in 1995 to cool off after wearing wool

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 370 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewellery, and accessory designers. The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards took place last night at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement.


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Music Monday

Music Monday – Blast from the Past:  70’s classic Jolene by Dolly Parton submitted by designer Calla Haynes

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Ombre Red Carpet: Hilary Swank in Gucci at this year’s Academy Awards

The Ombre trend and Spring/Summer go together like strawberries and cream – so perfectly summery, whimsical, fun and indulgent. Who can recall those divine Christian Lacroix ombre tights from Spring 2008 Couture? Or Hilary Swank’s amazing ombre feather Gucci gown at this year’s Academy Awards? How about the dazzling Peter Som number which First Lady, Michelle Obama recently stepped out in for the G8 Summit in France?

Ombre Politics: First Lady Michelle Obama heading to the G8 Summit in France last week

Ombre Hair: Starlets everywhere rushed to their nearest salon to get “ombred” this season

…And unless you have been living in a dark hole you will have noticed the ombre hair trend that seems to be everywhere this season; from Drew Barrymore’s golden blonde to Rachel Bilson, Ashlee Simpson and Alexa Chung’s chocolate and caramel shades. But for those of you who aren’t brave enough to try it, or, if like us, are growing a bit bored of seeing it might like to try this…. OMBRE NAILS!

Ombre Nails: Try picking out five tones of the same colour to recreate this look

Ombre Nails: Or go for a dramatic gradient using metallics

Such a great way to work the ombre trend into your look – zero commitment, no risk of it looking like a lazy accident and you are free to change the colours to your heart’s content! ♥ We love.

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