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InstaGlam: Our Favorite Snaps From the 2012 CFDA Awards

Jun 5 2012 - 9:03am

Fashion's biggest night has come and gone — but not without plenty of glamour and charm. And why not? After all, it's not every day that the industry meets up to reflect and celebrate. "It's like a reunion," Zac Posen explained. "The community works together."

"I'm excited about five decades of American fashion," CFDA chief Steven Kolb explained as he strolled the red carpet. "It's our 50th anniversary so we did a really cool retrospective, with designers from the '60s, like Donald Brooks, all the way up through the zeros to now. Its going to be really good. That's what I'm most excited about."

"I'm really excited about the fact that so many wonderful people have been nominated, and also that the whole design community comes together," fashion patron and style icon Michelle Harper agreed. "Diane von Furstenberg is an incredible leader, Steven Kolb is fantastic. And just all the efforts that they do to support designers — it's amazing."

Tommy Hilfiger, who was to be honored with the prestigious Geoffrey Beene [1] Lifetime Achievement Award, was also in high spirits. "I think, 'Is this really happening?' Then I think about the fact that I've been doing this for a long time, but also, I think, I'm too young to get this award," the iconic designer laughed.

See our snapshots and read more from the industry's biggest players and supporters — including Diane von Furstenberg, Doutzen Kroes, Jessica Chastain, and more — here, in the slideshow.

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"I'm just going to get in there and see my friends, have a glass of wine, and have some fun," Rachel Zoe [2] laughed as pal Erin Fetherston looked on. "I'm not working tonight, so I'm kind of just attending and supporting friends."

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"This is Sophie Theallet," Doutzen Kroes said of her dress. "I love her, I love what she does. You put it on and it fits like a glove. I went to her atelier and to the showroom and I put on a few things — and I wanted everything.


"I'm a big fan of Pamela Love and her jewelry. And Billy Reid for menswear. So I'm really excited to see who's going to win," the supermodel exclaimed.

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"To be honest, getting red-carpet ready takes a lot of work," Jessica Chastain said. "It takes a village for me. I wish I could say, 'Oh, I just wake up and have a glass of water,' but no, I have a wonderful team. Plus, when you put on something like this, it kind of makes you want to smile."

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"We feel excited and progressively less nervous," Creatures of the Wind's Christopher Peters said of his and his partner Shane Gabier's nomination.

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"The shoes are ours," Creature of the Wind's Shane Gabier said of date Dree Hemingway's silver shoes. "We did a collaboration with Tabitha Simmons, who is also nominated this evening. Her shoes are notoriously comfortable."

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"Kettle corn," Dree Hemingway said when asked which food she can't resist. "Those red bags you find at Whole Foods. They're heaven. They're my favorite. I can down one in one sitting."

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Hilary Rhoda wore Rebecca Minkoff.

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"Oscar de la Renta is an extraordinary man, a super talented designer, and a great friend," Diane von Furstenberg said. "We spend every Saturday night together, I love him more than anything." How do the two pass the time? "Watching movies."

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"I love seeing designers dress up," Zac Posen said. "It's an exciting thing to see how people who are the faces of their brands dress themselves. I make everything I wear — shirts, suits. That's just being a control freak.

"I'm excited to see the girls from The Row; Ashley was my intern you know, so I'm really proud of her — it was her first job in fashion. And Tabitha, who is nominated, I've known since I'm 15. And Pamela Love [3], she collaborated with me her first season . . . It's like a reunion; the community works together."

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Crystal Renn wore Zac Posen. "We had two options: We had a long casual jersey option from Z Spoke; a $700 gown. But then we thought, let's bring a little drama, a little metallic. Crystal likes things that are very sculptural and angled," Zac Posen explained of his date's ensemble.

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"I like the pirates," Tommy Hilfiger explained, describing his favorite Johnny Depp [4] look. "Actually, I almost wore my pirate costume, but I decided if he's getting the style award tonight, I didn't want to rain on his parade."

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Ally Hilfiger.

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"YSL, Margiela, and then all Irene Neuwirth [5]!" Busy Philipps, who attended the event with jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth, said of her ensemble. "I could not have eaten or drank more in the past week. Everything. I have just been on vacation; Mexican food. I have been on two separate Mexican vacations and margaritas, chips and salsa, and guacamole. I think it's the tan that makes me look thin. It's all cause of the tan."

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"We actually decided today that we're officially old because we've been friends for 15 years now," Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet said of her friendship with Devon Aoki . "We grew up together on the mean streets of New York City," Aoki confirmed.

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"I've known Stacey for so long and I see her shops popping up all over town, and I feel so good," Devon Aoki said of her date, Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia. "I know how hard she's worked to get where she is and she's such a dynamically talented designer. I'm here tonight to support her, and I'm so proud to be here wearing her dress tonight."

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Stacey Bendet and Devon Aoki showed off their metallic manicures.

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"The biggest challenge was trying to avoid carbs today," Padma Lakshmi said. "Which I failed. I had rice for lunch. But I have a beautiful dress so I didn't have to do much except my makeup. I've worn a lot of Naeem Khan over the years. It's always such a pleasure to wear one of his dresses because you always feel glamorous but comfortable at the same time."

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Jenna Lyons gave Joan Smalls's ensemble a nod of approval.

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"My outfit is Christian Cota. It was a collaboration. Christian has been working on the dress — hand painting it, hand draping it — for days," Michelle Harper said of her eclectic look. "We did a lot of mood boards together. We wanted to do a sort of homage to the ocean."

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"I'm excited to be wearing lots of color tonight!" 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Monique Péan said of her Spring 2012 Altuzarra [6] dress.

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Leandra Medine wore Rebecca Minkoff [7].

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Erin Wasson and Alexander Wang greeted each other with a big hug.

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Erin Wasson, Alexander Wang, and Carine Roitfeld hammed it up for the cameras.

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Dates Alexander Wang and Carine Roitfeld shared a giggle while chatting to Roitfeld's documentary camera crew.

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Olivier Theyskens.

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Constance Jablonski, who wore Theyskens' Theory, chatted on the red carpet.

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Nominee Pamela Love [8] posed for pictures on the red carpet.

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Lauren Hutton breezed by with one of her dates, Ashley Olsen [9].


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