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Monday, June 4, 2012

2012 CFDA Fashion Awards

The 50th anniversary of the fashion industry's top honors took place at Lincoln center Monday night.  Super luxury brand, The Row by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (yes, those Olsens) won Womenswear Designer of the Year.  Menswear Designer of the year was awarded to Billy Reid, who thanked his mother for not allowing him to pursue his dream of being a football coach.

Swarovski awarded emerging talents Joseph Altuzarra for women's, Phillip Lim for menswear and Tabitha Simmons for accessories.

Fashion fans from Hollywood came out to support the people who kept them beautiful, like Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain and Kate Bosworth.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tommy Hilfiger.  The International award was awarded to Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons.  Scott Schuman and Garance Dore were honored with the Media Award.  Johnny Depp won the award for Fashion Icon.

No matter which style maven you rooted for, everyone agreed that host Seth Myers (SNL) was terrific.  He skewered the initially cool audience into howling laughter when they finally figured out how to laugh at themselves.  Besides wearing a black dress tribute to Marc Jacob's outfit at the Met Ball, his zingers included:

“I hear tangerine orange is the color of the season. Which means Valentino was ahead of the trend since his skin is already that color. Valentino actually couldn’t be here tonight because he’s in the hospital getting another arm surgically attached so he can hold more dogs.”
 “This fall on NBC tune into Karl Lagerfeld’s new show, ‘Are You Fatter than a Fifth Grader?’”. I mean, is this a thing already?

To watch the awards yourself, tune in to Style.com at 5 PM Tuesday.  

Olsens photo by Jamie McCarthy.  Wintour/Hilfiger photo from Wire Image.

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