Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The 2009 CFDA Awards: The Fashion Oscars

There was some big excitement pouring out from the steps of Lincoln Center last night where the dazzling Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards celebrated the outstanding achievements in the world of fashion. The Oscars of fashion was littered with top designers, models, and celebrities, all in either elegantly short or fashionably wacky ensembles.

The biggest honors of the night went to Womenswear Designer of the Year winners Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (boy would I love to work for them), and Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli and Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders who tied for the Menswear Designer of the Year award. Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez won the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, and Alexander Wang, who wore his shortened version of a tux, was awarded the very coveted Emerging Talent Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Marc Jacobs happily took the International Award for his Louis Vuitton work (after narrowingly losing out on the Womenswear and Acessories Design Awards), and Anna Sui accepted the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Best of all, the very glamorous awards were hosted by one of my favorite British funny ladies (with a usually unglamorous mouth but looking nevertheless gorgeous) Tracey Ullman...

Photos borrowed from wwd.com

Kate & Laura Mulleavy with Kirsten Dunst (ok not the most flattering angled photo, and what's with the cheesy thumbs up?

Diane Von Furstenberg, and more cheesy thumbs up

Jason Wu & Diane Krieger

Alexander Wang (who forgot his pants in the taxi) & Dree Hemingway

Narciso Rodriguez & Claire Danes

Tracey Ullman

Model Agyness Deyn

Kirsten Dunst (better view)

Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone looking tres dapper

Model Hilary Rhoda

Heidi Klum in what looks like maternity foil, but still looking amazing

Molly Sims

Designer Rachel Roy

Statuesque actress Lake Bell

White Stripes singer Jack White & Award-winner Anna Sui, both looking like they popped out of a Mary Poppins chalk drawing

Padma Lakshmi

Ashley Olsen wearing what looks very much like my aunt's nightgown ca. 1987

Redhead actress Bernadette Peters

The Proenza Schouler boys Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez with Daphne Guiness

Vera Wang looking like a 19 yr old Vogue intern

Zac Posen & model Doutzen Kroes looking like Valentine's Day Prom Barbie

Actress Zoe Saldana & Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa, who forgot to change out of his work khakis

Uber stylist Rachel Zoe and her coveted 0% BMI

Betsey Johnson

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, who hasn't missed a fashion event yet, looking like she needs to use the Ladies'

No longer redhead model Coco Rocha

Ralph & Ricky Lauren who arrived on horseback

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