Celebrating Fashion at the 2011 CFDA Awards


CFDA Awards

Mother Nature was in a great mood Monday night – great news for the fashion flock, who turned out en masse for the 2011 CFDA Awards at Lincoln Center, hosted by Anderson Cooper. They were dressed to the nines, of course, with Lady Gaga (this year’s Fashion Icon Award honoree) making the photogs gaga in her custom Nicola Formichetti for Mugler spiked bodystocking/corset/ball skirt ensemble, which revealed as much as it concealed (worn with a bobbed green wig and 24-inch black leather platforms, natch).

Other red carpet stunners included Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors, Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu, Phoebe Philo (the International Award honoree) in her own design for Celine, Alessandra Ambrosio in Prabal Gurung, Chloë Sevigny in a leather-and-lace look from her 2012 Resort collection for Opening Ceremony (what, you didn’t know she’s a designer now, too?), Guinevere van Seenus in vintage James Galanos with Eddie Borgo jewelry, Leelee Sobieski in a stunning white suit by her hubby Adam Kimmel, Liya Kebede in Derek Lam, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo in a neon orange Jil Sander pantsuit, and Sofia Coppola in a white strapless Marc Jacobs dress (she was presenting her designer pal with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, or “half-lifetime achievement award,” as she jokingly called it when introducing the 48-year-old Jacobs onstage).

The event was a veritable lovefest, with seemingly every American designer, editor, buyer, stylist, and fashion photographer in attendance (look, there’s Anna Wintour! And there’s Terry Richardson! Over there, it’s Inez and Vinoodh! There’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! Hey, it’s Joseph Altuzarra! There’s Mary Ping and Sue Stemp! And isn’t that Haider Ackermann, Daphne Guinness, and Karlie Kloss?). And so it went.

Kanye West presented Phoebe Philo’s award, Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington gave the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award to legendary lensman Arthur Elgort. A stunning (and very pregnant) Jessica Alba presented the Founder’s Eleanor Lambert Award to InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein, and veteran British journalist Hilary Alexander (who has been with the Telegraph for 25 years and is retiring in June to study archeology) was honored with the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award.

Lady Gaga told a hilarious story about getting a text from Anna congratulating her on being named 2011’s Fashion Icon, and she wrote back, “Yes, bitch, we did it!,” thinking it was her friend, Anna. Turns out it was Anna Wintour (d’oh!) who texted back, “That’s lovely.” Ha!

In more serious style news, the Swarovski Award for emerging talent went to Prabal Gurung (for womenswear), Robert Geller (for menswear), and Eddie Borgo (for accessories).

The CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award was given to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, with Michael Bastian nabbing the Menswear Designer of the Year award and Alexander Wang taking home the Accessory Designer of the Year prize.

Then 21 designers took to the stage to honor Nadja Swarovski for her ongoing support of young talent. The lineup of past Swarovski Award winners – Alexander Wang, Doo.Ri Chung, Zac Posen, Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Shipley & Halmos, Devi Kroell, Brian Atwood, Jessie Randall, Phillip Lim, Eugenia Kim, Justin Giunta, and Philip Crangi (among others) – drove home the point that today’s fashion newbies are tomorrow’s fashion stars.

CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg closed the show (explaining that Anderson Cooper had to leave early to deal with “a Weiner matter”). And then it was on to the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel for the CFDA After Party, where Gaga removed the remaining outer layers of her outfit to reveal a sheer unitard with black pasties and a G-string, and belted out a duet with Patti LaBelle. No rest for the wicked, my lovelies!

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.


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