Hosted by funny gal Tracey Ullman, the night’s biggest awards went to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for Accessory Designer of the Year and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who arrived with Kirsten Dunst and nabbed Womenswear Designer of the Year. Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli, meanwhile, tied with Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders for the Menswear Designer of the Year award, adding a little drama to the event.
Justin Timberlake honored GQ Creative Director Jim Moore with the Eleanor Lambert Award, while WWD’s Edward Nardoza took home the Eugenia Sheppard Award for excellence in journalism and Ralph Lauren snagged the CFDA’s first Popular Vote Award. The only honoree missing was Michelle Obama, who accepted the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award via a taped message.
But the hours leading up to the glitzy festivities weren’t just fun and games. “I worked all day,” said Marc Jacobs, who arrived early with fiancé Lorenzo Martone and took home the International Award for his work at Louis Vuitton.
Mingling before the event, Tory Burch, who nabbed the accessory award last year, admitted she couldn’t decide who she wanted to win it this year. “I love Vera Wang. I love Marc,” she said. “They are all amazing. How do you pick?” While most guests were mum on who they were rooting for — CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg said her lips were sealed — Tracy Reese, who attended Parsons The New School for Design with Jacobs, said she was cheering for her fellow alum. “I’m always rooting for Marc,” she said. “That’s my baby.”
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Anna Sui arrived at the awards with Jack White of the White Stripes, who admitted he likes women in high, peep-toe heels or sandals. “Give those toes some breathing room,” he joked. Meanwhile, Michael Kors — whose designs were worn by “Gossip Girl” Blake Lively, model Coco Rocha and date Heidi Klum — was joined by fellow “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia, who patted Klum’s pregnant belly and asked, “It’s a boy?” Klum’s response: “A girl! Didn’t you know?”