Last night at Lincoln Center, the fashion industry's elite came out with the celebrities who love them. The occasion was to honor the achievements of their peers across multiple categories at the CFDA Awards.
Thom Browne won the award for Menswear Designer of the Year. He was recently honored at the Pratt fashion design graduate show and Michelle Obama wore his coat on the day of the last inauguration. I guess this win should not have been much of a surprise.
Philip Lim won the award for Accessories Designer of the Year.
Swarovski awarded honors in emerging talent to and for for women’s wear, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School for men’s wear, and Pamela Love for accessory design.
The most coveted category, Women’s Designer of the Year went to and for Proenza Schouler for their fifth win in the history of these awards. It’s a wonder that we aren’t all issued the PS 1 handbag when we step onto 7th avenue at this point.
The non-competitive awards that honored established figures in fashion included Oscar de la Renta for the Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert. The award was presented to him by longtime friend/fan Hillary Clinton.
The CFDA Board of Directors’s tribute honored my favorite costume designer, Colleen Atwood (Snow White & the Huntsman, Chicago, etc.)
The committee awarded Vera Wang the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to bridal/lifestyle/eveningwear juggernaut, Vera Wang.
While I believe every major designer is “International”, the CFDA gave their International Award to Richardo Tisci of Givenchy.
I grew up following “Toronto Life Fashion” on local television. I was very proud to hear that the host I watched for years, Tim Blanks receive the Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard. Canadian in ‘da house!
Photo collage from cfda.com instagram round-up