2011 CFDA Fashion Awards: Fashion Influences

by Taja Scott on Jun 7th, 2011 in Designers, Events, News

Where do we find fashion excellence? Who influences the vision and creativity of today’s fashion? The Council of Fashion Designers of America is the perfect event to find fashion excellence. This event presents the brilliance of fashion creativity at it’s best. Celebrating their tenth year, CFDA acknowledges a new generation of diversed talent. Swarovski is the underwriter for CFDA.

“On Monday, June 6th, 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards recognized various contributions to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry with awards being given for their massive creativity for womenswear, menswear, assesories including accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement award.”

This year’s nominees and honorees are acknowledged for their accomplishment of American fashion and the influence that a new generation of talent is having on the industry while also celebrating the masters of design. The nominees and honorees are as follows:

WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Alexander Wang
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Marc Jacobs

MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Michael Bastian
Patrik Ervell
Simon Spurr

ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Alexander Wang
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Reed Krakoff

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR

Joseph Altuzarra
Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen
Prabal Gurung

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Alexander Wang
Phillip Lim
Robert Geller

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
Alejandro Ingelmo
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Pamela Love

INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Phoebe Philo for Celine

MEDIA AWARD
, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Hilary Alexander

FOUNDERS AWARD, given in honor of Eleanor Lambert, the CFDA’s founder
Hal Rubenstein

FASHION ICON AWARD
Lady Gaga

GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Marc Jacobs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL TRIBUTE
Arthur Elgort

Now, I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but Lady Gaga was honored for the Fashion Icon Award this year. Some may say she does deserve it and others may say she doesn’t. Who’s to say really?! I believe the award should go to Gaga because fashion has no limits and Gaga definitely shows that it doesn’t. In her bizarre hair styles and overly exposed outfits, Gaga has given us the most unpredictable outfits of all time. Hats off to Lady Gaga!!

Congrats to all the honorees and nominees, they all deserved an award! I was excited to find out that Alexander Wang won an award including Marc Jacobs, they are some of my favorite designers. The winners and other honorees are:

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
 

Menswear Designer of the Year
Michael Bastian

 

Accessory Designer of the Year
Alexander Wang

 

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Prabal Gurung

 

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Robert Geller

 

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Eddie Borgo

 

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc Jacobs

 

International Award
Phoebe Philo for Céline

 

The Media Award, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph

 

The Founder’s Award, given in honor of CFDA Founder Eleanor Lambert
Hal Rubenstein, InStyle

 

Board of Directors’ Special Tribute
Arthur Elgort

My favorite best dressed celebrities at CFDA are:

Whitney Port

Whitney Port is glammed up in a dazzling Pamella Roland gown. The gown is a simple look, with feather like designs at the top and specs of light jewels to follow. I love her accessories. Who would have thought to wear those earrings with this dress? So cute.

Lucy Liu

The wonderful Lucy Liu looked amazing at the red carpet event. She wore a mouth-dropping  black Monique Lhuillier dress with the perfect handbag to match. Although, it’s nothing new for Lucy to appear as beautiful as she is, it’s surprising that she wore this gown to CFDA. Can you say breathtaking?

Alessandra Ambrosio

You can never go wrong in a flawless gown such as this. Alessandra wore a red Prabal Gurung v-neck gown with a semi-long tail. She chose a great dress for this evening’s occasion. I would love to own this dress. Wouldn’t you?

 Jessica Alba

Last but not least, Jessica Alba wears a orange and purple Diane Von Furtstenberg gown with the perfect nude colored shoes. Isn’t she just glowing…. her jewelry was of Fallon looking ever so trendy. I say Jessica looked very graceful while walking on the red carpet.

For more information about The Council of Fashion Designers of America go to there website (here).

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