The CFDA Awards 2014: The Winners
Fashion's finest accolades
The CFDA Awards took place in New York last night Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall – an event deemed equal to the American fashion industry's 'Oscars' – and in the most prestigious category for Best Womenswear Designer, there were only three nominees.
And to say that the panel had a tough choice is somewhat of an understatement. Between former head of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and had created one of the most beautiful collections of the season under his own label, and of course Alexander Wang – with whom there is seemingly never a dull moment with his work for both Balenciaga and is namesake like, and his recent frenzy-inducing announcement of a collaboration with H&M. And finally, there was Joseph Altuzarra, the dark horse adding some intrigue to the contest – and the overall winner of the category.
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow
The Best Menswear Designer was awarded to the label Public School by Council's steel Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and the council gave the Best Accessory Designer accolade to The Row, with perhaps a little more famous pair of names behind the brand, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Other notable nods went Rihanna, who is now officially recognised as having 'Fashion Icon' status, and Tom Ford, who took the Lifetime Achievement Award and Dior's Creative Director Raf Simons, who won Best International Designer. Iconic 70s model BEthann Hardison was awarded the CFDA's Founders Award – thought ot be one of the top honours – by Naomi Campbell.
Anna Wintour and Rihanna
Sponsors of the event Swarovski also celebrated the industry's young talents in mirrored categories to the main three prizes – for which the womenswear title went to Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters behind the brand Creatures of the Wind, Tim Coppens for menswear, and best accessories, which went to fine jewellery designer, Irene Neuwirth. The CFDA Board of Fonders alos awarded a special tribute award to Ruth Finley, the founder of New York's Fashion Week Calendar.