Fashion’s elite turned out for the CFDA Awards Monday night, transforming New York’s Lincoln Center into an apex of style.
Celebrating the industry over champagne and canapés, designers, models and A-list celebrities gathered at Alice Tully Hall to fete Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, among others.
Footwear insiders, from Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon to Brian Atwood, Blake Mycoskie and Nine West’s Fred Allard, mingled with Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Isabella Rossellini, Fashion Icon Award honoree Iman, David Bowie and Gwyneth Paltrow, who accompanied Kors, recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award.
Kenneth Cole arrived wearing a black suit and black sneakers, attending the event as a precursor to the FFANY show, which started today. “You see the industry coming together to celebrate itself and American fashion,” he said. “Tonight is a great night.”
The evening’s biggest awards went to the Rag & Bone duo for Menswear Designer of the Year, and to Womenswear Designer of the Year Marc Jacobs (who has been nominated for the accolade the past four years and last took it home in 1997). Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar nabbed the Accessory Designer of the Year honor.
The Swarovski Awards, which honor emerging talent, went to Alexander Wang for accessory design (thanks, in part, surely, to the success of his sold-out Alla leopard-print wedge), Jason Wu for womenswear design and Richard Chai for menswear.