The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards and commemorated the organization's 50th anniversary at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. TV personality and Bravo executive Andy Cohen was the host for the evening. For the twelfth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski.
The evening's Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, presented by Kerry Washington. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented by Dan Stevens to Thom Browne. Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by Rose Byrne.
Secretary Clinton gave a moving tribute to Founders Award recipient Oscar de la Renta whom she met while hosting the Kennedy Center Honors in 1993. Clinton praised de la Renta for his unique contribution to fashion.
The 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards will be digitally broadcast on Tuesday, June 4th at 10am, only on Style.com. The digital broadcast is sponsored by Swarovski.
"Tonight we honored the best talent working in our industry today, and celebrated the indelible impact they've had on fashion; not only in America but throughout the world," said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.
"A CFDA Fashion Award is one of the most coveted awards one can receive in our industry," said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. "This annual event is the one night we come together to celebrate our own."
"Swarovski is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible evening honoring the best in American fashion. We are proud to support all of the Swarovski Award nominees, and look forward to seeing a brilliant future unfold for each of the designers," said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Swarovski.
Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, stars of the upcoming film Romeo & Juliet from Swarovski Entertainment, presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Erin Beatty & Max Osterweis for Suno. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne for Public School. The Swarovski Award for Accessories Design went to Pamela Love.
Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company's vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Vera Wang by Ralph Lauren for her consistent, creative influence on fashion.
The Media Award for excellence in journalism, originally created in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, was presented to Tim Blanks by Linda Evangelista.
Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy was recognized with this year's International Award, presented by Jessica Chastain.
The Board of Directors' Tribute was given to Colleen Atwood by Ethan Hawke. Atwood is the first costume designer to be recognized by the CFDA.
Some of the most well known names in fashion were in attendance including CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, and the 2013 nominees, honorees, and presenters including: Alexander Wang, Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs for Cushnie et Ochs, Christopher Peters & Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind, Colleen Atwood, Dan Stevens, Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Douglas Booth, Erin Beatty & Max Osterweis for SUNO, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Irene Neuwirth, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Jennifer Meyer, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Linda Evangelista, Marc Jacobs, Michael Bastian, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Love, Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Rose Byrne, Steven Cox & Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown, Thom Browne, Tim Blanks, Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder, and Vera Wang.
They were joined by their fellow designers including Betsey Johnson, Billy Reid, Carolina Herrera, David Neville & Marcus Wainwright, Deborah Lloyd, Donna Karan, Francisco Costa, Georgina Chapman, Gilles Mendel, Greg Chait, Italo Zucchelli, Jenna Lyons, Jill Stuart, Johan Lindeberg, John Varvatos, Joseph Altuzarra, Kenneth Cole, Lisa Perry, Maria Cornejo, Mary Kate Olsen, Michael Kors, Monique Péan, Naeem Kahn, Olivier Theyskens, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Rachel Zoe, Reed Krakoff, Scott Sternberg, Stan Herman, Steven Alan, Stuart Weitzman, Tabitha Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Bartlett, Yigal Azrouël, and Zac Posen.
Models in attendance included: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Dree Hemingway, Erin Wasson, Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Hart, Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr, Raquel Zimmermann, Stella Tennant, and Tao Okamoto.
VIP's from the worlds of Hollywood, music, fashion, art, and sport included: Ashley Madekwe, Bobby Cannavale, Brad Goreski, Christian Cooke, Cody Horn, David Hallberg, Dee Ocleppo, Elizabeth Olsen, Ellie Kemper, Greta Gerwig, Hannah Bronfman, Henrik Lundqvist, Ireland Baldwin, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jared Buckhiester, Jemima Kirke, Juliette Lewis, Kate Mara, Kembra Pfahler, Linda Cardellini, Lindsey Vonn, Liv Tyler, Marina Abramovic, Nicole Richie, Olivia Palermo, Rooney Mara, Sofia Vergara, Teresa Palmer, Tobey Maguire, Tory Burch, Victoria Traina, Wyclef Jean, and Zachary Quinto.
Host Andy Cohen incorporated elements of his talk show "What What Happens Live" into the evening's program such as "The Vault" during which photos of the nominees from the 80's and 90's were revealed. A riff on the popular "Texts from Hillary" meme was adapted for the fashion audience and was particularly relevant given Secretary Clinton's presence in the audience.
The awards program featured a film by Jun Diaz which was shot at a historic Renaissance Revival mansion. The film provided a thematic foundation through which all individual honoree and nominee tributes were connected. The films drew inspiration from iconic movies, art, and music, and will feature cameos by well-known fashion personalities.
As part of the CFDA's commitment to design education, the following scholarships were awarded to the following students who were acknowledged from the stage by CFDA CEO Steven Kolb:
· Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar: Justin Chu of Parsons The New School for Design
· Liz Claiborne Design Scholar: Katherine Absher / Savannah College of Art & Design
· CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholar, in partnership with Target: Erin Robertson from Massachusetts College of Art & Design
About the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards
Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.
KCD was the executive producer of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards. Art direction, graphics, and the CFDA Awards Journal were designed by Trey Laird of Laird + Partners. The journal was photographed by Peter Lindbergh, and styled by Jessica Diehl.
For the fifth consecutive year, Tony-nominated Scott Pask oversaw the Awards set design which featured his redesign of the signature Swarovski crystal-covered podium onstage. The decor also featured the Swarovski's Crystal Palace Iris, a standalone sculptural piece by the acclaimed design duo Fredrikson Stallard.
The CFDA would like to acknowledge:
· Official Automotive Sponsor: Lexus. Guests arrived in the Lexus ES 300h, and the GS 450h
· Official Spirit Sponsor: Maestro Dobel
· Official Champagne Sponsor: Veuve Clicquot
· Official Hotel Sponsor: W Hotels
· Official Airline: United Airlines
· Official Technology Sponsor: HP
About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 400 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship, and the Gilt All Star Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion's Night Out. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com.
The Swarovski story began in 1895 when Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal. This machine not only revolutionized jewellery manufacturing, it has inspired the worlds of art, design, fashion and cinema for over a hundred years. Today Swarovski is the world's leading producer of precision-cut crystal and gemstones and operates nearly 2,000 retail outlets in over 120 countries. The company has a rich history of working with internationally acclaimed designers including Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Since joining the family business in 1995, Nadja Swarovski has built on this heritage by implementing a series of visionary design initiatives which have transformed the company's image, turning crystal into a much desired component in the creative industries. Nadja Swarovski is committed to supporting and celebrating design and the arts by collaborating with both established and emerging designers - including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Shaun Lean, Tom Dixon, John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab, Erdem and Giles Deacon - challenging them to push the boundaries of crystal across fashion, jewelry, stage and screen, art, architecture and design.