Oh, to have donned an invisible cloak on June 6 and slipped into New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, at the Manhattan Center, where the great and the good of the fashion world, plus a very special surprise guest, gathered for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards. The super-glam venue provided an extravagantly sparkling backdrop to what has been dubbed “the Oscars of fashion.”
Comedian, actor and television personality Joel McHale kept up a volley of risqué witticisms for an elegantly attired audience of industry insiders and fashionistas. These included Alexa Chung, Lena Dunham, Michael Kors, Tilda Swinton, Selma Blair, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain, Jason Derulo, Heidi Klum, Emily Ratajkowski, Vera Wang and Rachel Zoe, among a host of other celebrities.
The jaw-drop of the night was an unexpected appearance from Beyoncé, who shone in a glittering striped pantsuit teamed with a hip, wide-brimmed hat. The 34-year-old superstar was presented with the Fashion Icon Award, and gave heartfelt thanks in a moving speech to her mother for her inspiration and support.
Supermodel, former Victoria’s Secret angel, and new face of Swarovski, Karlie Kloss, presented the three Swarovski awards honoring emerging talent: Brandon Maxwell took home the Swarovski Award for Womenswear; the Menswear Award went to Matthew, Alex, and Samantha Orley of Orley; and Paul Andrew won the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. To celebrate its fifteenth year partnering with the CFDA, Swarovski announced the brand new CFDA Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Mentorship Program, which supports the Swarovski award-winners with global contacts, research and innovation opportunities.
Ms Kloss donned a covetable crystallized Rosie Assoulin dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes with shimmering pink crystals, and Atelier Swarovski jewelry, while Grammy and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson entertained the crowd in a customized KaufmanFrancojumpsuit embellished with an astonishing 1,692,000 crystals. Her peerless tribute to the late, great Prince finished a sizzling night on a high note.