Amidst all the models, Swarovski crystals and Paltrow‘s very high ponytail, it’s easy forget that the CFDA awards are actually a competition. You know, one that involves creative kudos just slightly more legitimate than “best dressed.” So not to seem remiss in our duties as your source of sartorial news (wouldn’t want you to be uninformed around the water cooler) it’s our great pleasure to inform you that this year’s circle o’winners was about as predictable as each is genius.
Marc Jacobs took top honors as Women’s Wear designer, beating out Alexander Wang and Donna Karan while David Neville and Marcus Wainwright (for rag & bone) cleaned up nicely for the men. Jewelry designer, Alexis Bittar, rounded out the bunch taking home the CFDA for accessories.
On the up-and-stunning front, Swarovski Awards for emerging talent were handed out to Mo’ Bama favorite, Jason Wu (womenswear), Richard Chai (menswear) and never to be left out of the fashionable fray, Alexander Wang (accessories). Guess Miley wasn’t the only one who had their eye on Alex’s booties this year, no?
Honorary snaps also went to supermodel Iman (Fashion Icon Award), Michael Kors, (Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by a very casually dressed Anna Wintour), Paper editor and publisher Kim Hastreiter (the Eugenia Sheppard Award), Christopher Bailey for Burberry (International Award), and Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman (Eleanor Lambert Award).
But in terms of highlights, undoubtedly that went to the show’s somber tribute to Alexander McQueen. Clad in a dress by the late designer Sarah Jessica Parker called him “talented well beyond his years” and showed off his amazing last collection. But perhaps it was 26-year-old Alexander Wang who put it best, “I love fashion because you can’t define it.”
Define, maybe not. Now and then, however it’s nice to take a second and give it a round of applause.