As CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, you receive not only a nice cash prizeto to further your business, but a mentor to guide your specific needs. That's pretty important stuff — just ask the fund's first winners, and now industry heavyweight, Proenza Schouler how the award has shaped its business. Now, there's a new member to add to the winners' circle; the adorable, and undeniably talented designer, Joseph Altuzarra. He solidified his place in that exclusive club, taking home top honours at yesterday's eighth annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards — including a $300,000 (USD) prize. Sharing in the winnings, Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry and Creatures of the Wind's Shane Gabier and Chris Peters were crowned runners-up and each received $100,000. As for last night's guests, a cool crop of designers, models, and Hollywood fashion fans turned out to fête the talented young designer. Click through to see all the fashionable arrivals, and join us in congratulating this year's big winner.
It may not be as big a fashion event as the grand Met Costume Institute Gala, but the CFDA Fashion Awards, which were held at the Lincoln Center in New York City today, still manage to attract a very stylish crowd that brings together actors, musicians, models and designers. Miranda Kerr continued her streak of sexy post-baby outfits in a black cut-out dress with a thigh-high slit, while Jessica Alba draped her baby bump in an orange and purple number. A range of stars opted for white on the night, including Sofia Coppola, Whitney Port, Kanye West and Kerry Washington, while bright colours also reigned supreme, with Ashley Greene and Alessandra Ambrosio making bold statements with their dresses. To check out all the award winners, head to FabSugar, and have your say on your favourite fashion and beauty looks by voting on Fab and Bella’s polls.
A memo clearly went around before today's CFDA Awards as all the models of the moment were wearing their nails nude. As in nada, naked, sans polish. It's something we saw at Chanel's cruise collection 2011/12, which means only one thing, peeps: no polish is the new polish. Bucking the trend (and brightening our day) was Kirsten Dunst who went with mint and Shenae Grimes who opted for orange, while Sucker Punch actress Carla Gugino and Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross busted out the black. Lady Gaga kept her look sharp (literally) with red talons and Whitney Port went with a metallic mani.
We expected today's CFDA Fashion Awards to be full of killer red carpet looks (which they were), but we didn't expect there to be so much poke-your-eye-out colour! Bright, verging on neon, solid blocks of colour to be precise. Everyone from models Chanel Iman and Alessandra Ambrosio, to J.Crew designer Jenna Lyons, to beauty queen Aerin Lauder, to a bloomin' beautiful Jessica Alba opted for ensembles in hard to miss shades. The real trick to pulling off this look? Because of the stand out colour you don't need to go to town on the accessorizing, meaning you're out the door in five minutes flat. Head turning, modern but a cinch to pull off; that's some intelligent red carpet dressing. Bring on the brights!
Celebs, designer and models mingled at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards and all were sporting an array of stunning beauty looks, which complemented their designer frocks fabulously. Slicked-back up 'dos were a favourite as was red lipstick — always a winner. Liv Tyler and Naomi Watts kept things effortlessly elegant with their chic makeup palettes. Check out all the celebs in attendance to one of fashion's biggest night of nights.
An array of the world's hottest models hit the CFDA Fashion Awards, no doubt raising the room temperature by more than a smidge! Runway regular Karolina Kurkova shimmered in a green-hooded jumpsuit, while Doutzen Kroes looked red-hot in her J.Mendel frock with a thigh-high split. Add a few Victoria’s Secret angels to the mix, including Chanel Iman, Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr and you’ve got one seriously sizzling red carpet scenario. Click through for more model mayhem!
The CFDA Fashion Awards have wrapped up for another year, and apart from scoping all the eye-popping red carpet action, there's only one thing left to do — congratulate the winners! Read on to see which designers are going home with an award tonight:
- Womenswear Designer of the Year Winner: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. Nominated: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs
- Menswear Designer of the Year Winner: Michael Bastian. Nominated: Michael Bastian, Simon Spurr, and Patrik Ervell
- Accessory Designer of the Year Winner: Alexander Wang. Nominated: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Reed Krakoff
- Swarovski Award for Womenswear Winner: Prabal Gurung. Nominated: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, and Prabal Gurung
- Swarovski Award for Menswear Winner: Robert Gellar. Nominated : Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Robert Gellar
- Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Winner: Eddie Borgo. Nominated: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, and Pamela Love
- The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Marc Jacobs
- The Fashion Icon Award Winner: Lady Gaga
- The International Award: Phoebe Philo of Céline
While we've already shared some behind-the-scenes snaps of the fashion industry's finest gearing up for today's CFDA Fashion Awards, you can now check out the cocktail reception and (purple) carpet arrivals! Michael Kors posed with his two leading ladies Ashley Greene and Miranda Kerr, as did Rachel Roy with Joy Bryant, whilst models Doutzen Kroes, Karolina Kurkova and Chanel Iman all frocked up for the fashion-fest. Now don't forget the gents! Gerard Butler and Derek Blasberg both looked very dapper in their respective suits. Next to the Met Gala, this is Fashion's night of nights — so scope our gallery to ensure you don't miss a single look...
Kirsten Dunst swapped her usually pale and pretty style for a tailored black menswear-inspired tuxedo suit for today's CFDA extravaganza. Her style 180 caught us by surprise, but we're enjoying seeing a harder edge to Kiki's sartorial repertoire. A top-buttoned white shirt, metallic blue lapels (which matched her minty nail polish, FYI), fine silver hoops and sleek black pumps added the perfect fuss-free accompaniments to her chic ensemble. What's your call on Kirsten's mannish makeover?
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