The 2012 Council of the Fashion Designers of America Awards took place, June 4th @ Lincoln Center in New York City. It was a big night as the CFDA's 50th golden anniversary, brought out the premier designers. The awards are like the "Oscars" of the fashion industry, as they recognize top talent in the business with a series of prestigious awards and honors.
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers hosted the event and poked fierce fun at the crowd's expense. "Fashion and comedy go together like bar mitzvahs and John Galliano", he joked in his opening monologue, later joshing that Karl Lagerfeld is launching a new TV show called Are You Fatter Than A Fifth Grader? Maybe Fashionistas do have a sense of humor?!
Twin tycoons Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen won the fashion industry's top trophy -- Womenswear Designer of the Year - for their high end line, The Row, a luxury apparel brand named after London's historic Savile Row. This means that the twins have successfully grown from child stars to authentic fashion designers.
The sisters naturally wore the latest designs from The Row's Resort 2012 collection. Mary-Kate's hair was dyed dark brown, and she wore a long-sleeved black silk dress with a sash and a high-low hem. She accessorized with Louis Vuitton black suede peep-toe heels and a black purse by The Row with a silver layered necklace. Ashley wore a plum-hued silk V-neck dress, also from their resort collection, with a willowing ruffle down the middle, silver cuff bracelets Manolo Blahnik heels and a bag by The Row.
A list of winners:
Menswear Designer of the Year - Billy Reid
Accessory Designer of the Year - Reed Krakoff
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talents awards - Joseph Altuzarra (Womenswear), Phillip Lim (Menswear) and Tabitha Simmons (Accessory)
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award - Tommy Hilfiger
The International Award - Rei Kawakubo
Fashion Icon Award - Johnny Depp
Oh, and Johnny Depp accepted his Fashion Icon Award via email. Really Johnny? Not even a video acceptance speech? That's just plain rude!
CONGRATS to all the WINNERS!