This year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards gave new and established designers alike a winning moment in the spotlight.
Any star-spotters who caught a glimpse of the fashionable crowd arriving at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 4 would have been greeted by a bevy of top American celebrities and designers gathering for the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards. Hosted by Saturday Night Live’s funny guy Seth Myers, the CFDA Fashion Award Show was underwritten by Swarovski for the 11th year running.
This being the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, the designated location was suitably stunning, and it didn’t disappoint. The Alice Tully Hall is an arresting Modernist building with a three-storey glass lobby and sunken plaza beneath a cantilevered extension. Inside, Swarovski Glitterbox floor lamps and lanterns designed by Georg Baldele provided luxurious sparkle, while award-winners stepped up to a custom-made Swarovski crystal-encrusted podium.
Such a glittering date for the fashionista’s diary meant that some significant luminaries attended, including CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Carine Roitfeld and Donna Karan, as well as Dakota Fanning, Gretchen Mol, Kate Bosworth, Lauren Hutton, John Waters and Solange Knowles.
And onto the awards themselves… The much-anticipated Womenswear Designer of the Year Award went to sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, while Billy Reid snapped up the equally prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year Award. Legendary style guru Tommy Hilfiger took home the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award for his consistent creative influence, and the Icon Award went to a certain Mr. Johnny Depp for his ‘personal and eclectic style’. The deliciously eccentric star couldn’t attend, but sent his thanks from the set of his current movie, The Lone Ranger.
Swarovski was delighted to present three awards to honor and recognize emerging talent: the Swarovski Award for Womenswear was won by Joseph Altuzarra; Menswear was won by Phillip Lim; and Accessory Design by Tabitha Simmons. Each category winner will receive financial support from Swarovski, as well as access to the company's vast treasure trove of crystal products.
This won’t be the last time we see the names of these three in bright lights, that much is for certain…