Fifty And Still Going Strong
Just when you thought the world had moved on from the discussion of Marc Jacobs’ Met Gala ensemble (read: man dress), Seth Meyers unleashed a whole new whirlwind of comedic gems that prompted even the world’s most fashionable stars and designers to crack a smile at last night’s fiftieth anniversary of the annual CFDA Awards.
As the evening’s host, Meyers poked fun at everything from John Galliano, to European tourists and Brad Pitt, but it was his Marc Jacobs directed jokes that hit the highest note. “That is a long way to go to prove you are wearing a clean pair of underwear!” boasted Meyer’s of the infamous Comme des Garcons lace shirtdress before taking to the stage himself in said dress.
Like the Oscars themselves, the CFDA Awards proved to be a full fledged production, and one that New Yorkers would be proud to boast about to their Hollywood counterparts. Unlike the Academy Awards though, last night’s red carpet gathering had the spotlights focused on the designers and fashion influencers, and of course, the glamourous attire, making it the important night for industry.
First time nominees Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen beat the Proenza Schouler boys and took home the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award for their work on The Row. The stylish duo walked the red carpet with their date for the evening Lauren Hutton, who radiated the exact sophisticated cool reflected in the brand’s wining designs. ”Look at how fast they’ve ascended!” said Hutton. They make really great clothes, they’re really sensual, and they make them out of strange materials.”
In the menswear category, the CFDA also honored Billy Reid with the Designer of the Year Award, to which he thanked his mother for not letting him pursue his once held dream of “being a football coach.”
Tommy Hilfiger was also awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, while Joseph Altuzarra was honored with the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award in Womenswear. Phillip Lim also accepted the same award for the menswear category, along with Tabitha Simmons in accessories.
For the fraternity of CFDA members though, the evening spent Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was less about the actual trophies, and more about feting the organization’s fifty years of involvement in American fashion. ”It’s incredible to see how the American fashion industry has change, it’s become so global, and tonight we’re here to celebrate,” said Michael Kors. To see more of the evening’s winning looks, check out our slideshow to follow.