CFDA Awards Brought Lots of Glamour, Few Surprises

June 8, 2010 • Celebrity Style

Sarah Jessica Parker and Dakota Fanning

The 2010 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards last night brought together the most glamorous names of both coasts for
their glitzy annual fashion-themed romp. Actresses such as Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Rachel Weisz and
Kate Mara
joined New York designers at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for the event,
which started late despite CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg’s pleas
for everyone to take their seats. “We’ve been under the radar for a few
years, like a stealth submarine, and now we’re surfacing,” said Simon
a nominee for the Swarovski Award for Menswear. “Having friends
in young Hollywood definitely helps.”

Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera

Probably the most anticipated moment for many was Sarah Jessica Parker awarding  the late Alexander McQueen with the
Board of Directors’ Special Tribute. “I’m honored,” she said of her
role. “But I’m sure [I was chosen] because someone else wasn’t
available," noting she had written her speech during a 13 hour flight back from promoting 'Sex and the City 2' in Japan.

Jessica Biel, Jason Wu and Rachel Weisz

The awards themselves held little surprise, due in part to the stellar lineup if nominees. Marc Jacobs took home
the Womenswear Designer of the Year
award (no shock there) while Marcus Wainwright and David
Neville picked up Menswear Designer of the Year for Rag & Bone
and Alexis Bittar won Accessory Designer of the Year. Among the winners of the Swarovski Award, geared toward up and coming designers, Jason Wu nabbed the honor women’s wear (and reportedly kept pinching himself in disbelief), while Richard Chai scored the men’s wear award
and Alexander Wang reigned supreme in accessory design.

Michael Kors and Gwyneth Paltrow

Other honorees included Christopher Bailey for Burberry, who received the International Award,
Vogue’s Tonne Goodman got the Eleanor Lambert Award and Iman was
honored with the Fashion Icon Award. The Eugenia Sheppard Award went to
Paper’s Kim Hastreiter. Ralph Lauren won the Popular Vote Award for the
second year in a row (yay Ralph!), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
was bestowed on Michael Kors. All in all it seemed a night of relaxed fun and well-dressed revelry! 

Iman and David Bowie

Article and Photo Source: WWD

-Alia Rajput

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