Monday, June 13, 2011

The 2011 CFDA Awards

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), is a non-profit trade association of over 350 of the nations top apparel and accessory designers. It was founded in 1962 and its goal is to advance the status of fashion design as a branch of American art and culture. Diane Von Furstenburg was elected as president and Steve Kolb is the executive director. Each year, the CFDA hosts an awards ceremony for the top designers of the year. It’s like the Grammy’s or the Oscars for fashion. This year it was hosted in New York at Lincoln Center. Swarovski underwrote the event for its 10th year in a row.

Celebrities and fashion icons alike came together to attended the event:

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson

Diane Kruger

Chanel Iman with designer Lubov Azria

Chloë Sevigny

Michael Kors with Ashley Greene and Miranda Kerr in his designs

Kanye West, who as previously reported, presented the International Award to Phoebe Philo of Celine

Liv Tyler in Proenza Schouler with Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler

Marc Jacobs after winning his Lifetime Achievement Award

Lady GaGa went on to win the Fashion Icon Award of the evening

The winners of this year’s ceremony are as follows:
  • Womenswear Designer of the Year - Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler
  • Menswear Designer of the Year - Michael Bastian
  • Accessory Designer of the Year - Alexander Wang
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Marc Jacobs
  • Fashion Icon Award - Lady GaGa
  • International Award - Phoebe Philo of Celine
  • Founder’s Award - Hal Rubenstein of InStyle
  • Media Award for Excellence in Journalism - Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph
  • Board of Director’s Award - photographer Athur Elgort
  • 3 Swarovski Awards which honor emerging talent: Womenswear - Prabal Gurung, Menswear - Robert Geller and Accessories - Eddie Borgo
It’s great to know that there is a committee dedicated to keep fashion design as a known art form and we thank the winners and all the nominees for contributing to the great world of fashion.

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