Last night's CFDA Awards brought out a gaggle of impeccably dressed stars to Lincoln Center in NYC — Sarah Jessica Parker in McQueen, who gave a speech for the late designer, Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs, and Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors, to name a few. But besides the fashion, the much-anticipated awards were handed out to this year's lucky nominees. Without further ado: Marc Jacobs won for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year went to Rag & Bone, and Fab favorite Alexis Bittar scored Accessory Designer of the Year. Congrats!
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Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Rachel Weisz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gwyneth Paltrow joined New York designers and the Council of Fashion Designers of America at Alice Tully Hall last night for the 2010 CFDA awards. As for the evening's big winners, Marc Jacobs took home the Womenswear Designer of the Year, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville picked up Menswear Designer of the Year for Rag & Bone, and Alexis Bittar won Accessory Designer of the Year. Swarovski Awards for emerging talent went to Jason Wu for womenswear, Alexander Wang for accessory design, and Richard Chai for menswear.
Michael Kors, who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow in custom Michael Kors, received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Christopher Bailey for Burberry received the International Award; Vogue’s Tonne Goodman took home the Eleanor Lambert Award; and Iman was honored with the Fashion Icon Award. For the second year in a row, Ralph Lauren scored the people's choice award. Click below for photos from the event at Lincoln Center.
The stars were draped in designer for last night's CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center in NYC. The evening's big winners included Jason Wu and Alexander Wang — check out the whole list and behind-the-scenes tidbits here. Sarah Jessica Parker was in Alexander McQueen and took the stage to pay tribute to the late designer saying, "He had the most beautiful hands I have ever seen." Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were welcomed into the Council last Fall and wore matching black for the exciting event. Emilie de Ravin went a little more playful showing off her legs — weigh in on all the decadent dresses with Fab's polls.
Inside, the nominees, some of whom we chatted with about the honors, mixed and mingled with the other celebrity guests. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the arm of and wearing Michael Kors, but it was Anna Wintour who presented him with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Marc Jacobs, who was named womenswear designer of the year, stuck close by Jessica Biel while Dakota Fanning sparkled in her white Marchesa. Ed Westwick and Alexa Chung showed off their own British style mixed in with the American icons.
>> This evening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, fashion's finest gathered for the 2010 CFDA Awards. Jak & Jil's Tommy Ton snapped photos of the arrivals, J.Crew's Jenna Lyons introduced herself to Isabel Toledo, and the ever-punctual Anna Wintour was later than usual, appearing after the pre-awards cocktails were in full swing.
Wintour put on her signature shades for the ceremony itself, but off they came when International Award winner Christopher Bailey thanked her (along with Tom Ford and Donna Karan) — in fact, she was beaming. Later, she got on stage to present Michael Kors with his Lifetime Achievement Award — he received a standing ovation — and told a story about how she went on a trip to Jamaica with Kors; when Ralph Lauren arrived, Kors got in the ocean and stayed there for hours because he didn't want Lauren to see him in his swimsuit.
Speaking of Lauren, he received the Popular Vote for the second year running — although he wasn't in attendance this evening. Sarah Jessica Parker, dressed in a custom gown by new Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, presented Lee Alexander McQueen posthumously with the Special Tribute Award, noting that the designer had "the most beautiful hands I've ever seen," before models took the stage in the designer's last works.
Accepting her Fashion Icon Award, Iman thanked her parents for the longest neck on any model at any go-see in the world and joked to husband David Bowie: "Move over. You're not the only icon in the house." And finally, Marc Jacobs scored the Womenwear Award — he thanked bloggers for his win and said to Robert Duffy: "i want to thank [Duffy], without you this dream would never have come true."
And the winners are . . . (nominees here):
- Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexis Bittar
- Popular Vote Award: Ralph Lauren
- Menswear Designer of the Year: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone
- Swarovski Award for Menswear: Richard Chai
- Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Jason Wu
- Swarovski Award for Accessories: Alexander Wang
- Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
Sarah Jessica Parker brought major luxury to the CFDA scene in her Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall gown. The vibrant pinks and purples, not to mention that airy, flowy train, are out of this world. Alexander would have been proud. As for her accessories, SJP borrowed vintage jewels from Madison Avenue jeweler Stephen Russell. Do you love it?
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And the Fashion Icon Award goes to . . . Iman! And she looks every bit the icon at the CFDA Awards tonight. Her dramatic black strapless Giambattista Valli gown fits like a glove, and the bow on the bodice is adorable. Jeweled bracelets top her fancy frock. That mermaid hem is stunning. Are you blown away?
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>> CFDA Popular Award Ballot Now Open for Voting— Last year, the CFDA introduced the Popular Vote Award, allowing the public to vote for its favorite designer. Ralph Lauren won the inaugural award, and today, balloting opens for the 2010 Award. See the nominees for 2010 CFDA Awards in other categories here, and then take a crack at voting at the following link — the winner will be announced at the June 7 Awards ceremony. [WWD]