Often referred to as the Fashion Oscars, last night saw the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in full swing, with a red carpet full of fashion’s most famous designers, models, editors and even a surprise appearance from Hilary Clinton.
The CDFA fashion awards is an annual event which aims to recognise the amazing contributions made to the American fashion industry, by members of the world’s fashion community. The event was once again supported by Swarovski, with awards given for beautiful, innovative and excellent design in the areas of womenswear, menswear, fashion journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievements.
Before the industry awards even kicked off, fashion personalities made grand entrances whilst sporting grand garments. Beautiful metallic gowns were worn by Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková and the wonderful Nicole Richie, wife of adopted Australian muso – Joel Madden.
Australian beauty Miranda Kerr also donned a touch of metallic, with her choice a blue and green graphic print by Proenza Schouler, and metallic silver clutch, whilst fellow Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel followed the trend, with an ivory silk, hand-draped dress also with jeweled detailing.
Once the official awards were underway, presenters included Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren and actress Jessica Chastain who arrived with her man Riccardo Tisci, wearing a dress of his of course.
The awards were given out as follows;
Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler
Accessory Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim, for 3.1 Phillip Lim
Swarovski Award For Accessory Design: Pamela Love
Swarovski Award For Menswear: Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Swarovski Award For Womenswear: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of SUNO
Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Oscar de la Renta
International Award: Riccardo Tisci (Ironically awarded to him by his lady-friend!)
Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Tim Blanks
Board of Directors’ Tribute: Colleen Atwood
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang
You can see the rest of the 2013 CDFA Fashion Awards gallery here