Last Night the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards and commemorated the organization’s 50th anniversary at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. TV personality and Bravo executive Andy Cohen was the host for the evening. For the twelfth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski.
Host Andy Cohen incorporated elements of his talk show “What What Happens Live” into the evening’s program such as “The Vault” during which photos of the nominees from the 80′s and 90′s were revealed. A riff on the popular “Texts from Hillary” meme was adapted for the fashion audience and was particularly relevant given Secretary Clinton’s presence in the audience.
The awards program featured a film by Jun Diaz which was shot at a historic Renaissance Revival mansion. The film provided a thematic foundation through which all individual honoree and nominee tributes were connected. The films drew inspiration from iconic movies, art, and music, and will feature cameos by well-known fashion personalities.
The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, presented byKerry Washington . The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented by Dan Stevens to Thom Browne . Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented byRose Byrne .
Secretary Clinton gave a moving tribute to Founders Award recipientOscar de la Renta whom she met while hosting the Kennedy Center Honors in 1993. Clinton praised de la Renta for his unique contribution to fashion.
Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth , stars of the upcoming film Romeo & Juliet from Swarovski Entertainment, presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Erin Beatty & Max Osterweis forSuno. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Dao-Yi Chow& Maxwell Osborne for Public School. The Swarovski Award for Accessories Design went to Pamela Love .
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 Vera Wang by Ralph Lauren for her consistent, creative influence on fashion.
The Media Award for excellence in journalism, originally created in honor of Eugenia Sheppard , was presented to Tim Blanks by Linda Evangelista .
Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy was recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Jessica Chastain .
The Board of Directors’ Tribute was given to Colleen Atwood by Ethan Hawke . Atwood is the first costume designer to be recognized by the CFDA.
Some of the most well known names in fashion were in attendance including CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg , CFDA CEO Steven Kolb , and the 2013 nominees, honorees, and presenters including:Alexander Wang , Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs for Cushnie et Ochs, Christopher Peters & Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind, Colleen Atwood , Dan Stevens , Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Douglas Booth , Erin Beatty & Max Osterweis for SUNO, Ethan Hawke , Hailee Steinfeld , Irene Neuwirth , Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Jennifer Meyer , Jessica Chastain , Kerry Washington , Linda Evangelista , Marc Jacobs , Michael Bastian , Oscar de la Renta , Pamela Love , Phillip Lim , Ralph Lauren , Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Rose Byrne , Steven Cox & Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown , Thom Browne , Tim Blanks , Tim Coppens , Todd Snyder , andVera Wang .
They were joined by their fellow designers including Betsey Johnson , Billy Reid , Carolina Herrera , David Neville & Marcus Wainwright , Deborah Lloyd , Donna Karan, Francisco Costa , Georgina Chapman , Gilles Mendel , Greg Chait , Italo Zucchelli , Jenna Lyons , Jill Stuart , Johan Lindeberg , John Varvatos , Joseph Altuzarra , Kenneth Cole , Lisa Perry , Maria Cornejo , Mary Kate Olsen , Michael Kors, MoniquePéan, Naeem Kahn , Olivier Theyskens , Philip Crangi , Prabal Gurung , Rachel Roy , Rachel Zoe , Reed Krakoff , Scott Sternberg , Stan Herman , Steven Alan , Stuart Weitzman , Tabitha Simmons , Tommy Hilfiger , Victoria Bartlett , Yigal Azrouël, and Zac Posen .
Models in attendance included: Adriana Lima , Alessandra Ambrosio , Candice Swanepoel , Dree Hemingway, Erin Wasson , Hilary Rhoda , Jessica Hart , Jessica Stam , Joan Smalls , Karlie Kloss , Karolina Kurkova , Lily Aldridge , Miranda Kerr , Raquel Zimmermann , Stella Tennant , and Tao Okamoto.
VIP’s from the worlds of Hollywood, music, fashion, art, and sport included:Ashley Madekwe, Bobby Cannavale , Brad Goreski , Christian Cooke , Cody Horn , David Hallberg , Dee Ocleppo, Elizabeth Olsen , Ellie Kemper , Greta Gerwig , Hannah Bronfman , Henrik Lundqvist , Ireland Baldwin, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jared Buckhiester , Jemima Kirke , Juliette Lewis , Kate Mara , Kembra Pfahler , Linda Cardellini , Lindsey Vonn , Liv Tyler , Marina Abramovic , Nicole Richie , Olivia Palermo , Rooney Mara , Sofia Vergara , Teresa Palmer , Tobey Maguire, Tory Burch , Victoria Traina , Wyclef Jean, and Zachary Quinto .