Friday, June 15, 2012

Swarovski supports the CFDA Fashion Award in NYC

On June 5th, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards and commemorated the organization’s 50th anniversary at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. The evening's host was Seth Meyers of SNL and for the first time in its history, the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards was digitally broadcast. For the eleventh year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. Lily Collins presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Joseph Altuzarra. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Phillip Lim. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Designwent to Tabitha Simmons. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion. The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row, presented by Jessica Chastain. The award forMenswear Designer of the Year was presented by Matt Bomer to Billy Reid. Reed Krakoff took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, presented by Jessica Paré.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tommy Hilfiger by Anna Wintour for his consistent, creative influence on fashion. TheFounder’s Award, established in memory of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert was given to Andrew Rosen by Kenneth Cole. The Media Award for excellence in journalism, originally created in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, was presented to digital journalists Scott Schuman and Garance Doré by Pharrell Williams. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons was recognized with this year’s International Award. Johnny Depp was given the Fashion Icon Award. Both Kawakubo’s and Depp’s award were presented by director John Waters. The opening of the CFDA Fashion Awards featured a film directed by Zoe Cassavetes. The two-minute film paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the CFDA and its members. The film was followed by a live retrospective of five decades of impactful clothes designed by CFDA members. Steven Kolb read an email from Johnny Depp onstage which Kolb received just minutes before appearing on stage. The message was sent by Depp from the set of his film “The Lone Ranger” to thank the CFDA for the Fashion Icon Award. Seth Meyers appeared again mid-show to perform a second monologue dressed in the same Comme des Garçons men’s sheer lace dress and boxers worn by Marc Jacobs a month earlier at the Met gala. The closing segment of the Awards included a career retrospective film of Tommy Hilfiger followed by a live performance by the acapella group, The Princeton Footnotes. Glitterbox Floor Lamps and Lanterns by Georg Baldele for Swarovski Crystal Palace created a glittering backdrop during arrivals and cocktails at Alice Tully Hall and in the outdoor Swarovski Terrace, while a custom-made Swarovski crystal-encrusted podium added an extra element of dimensionality on stage this year. The evening culminated at the Top of the Standard, at the Swarovski After Party celebrating all CFDA Award winners. The party, featuring music by DJ Mia Moretti, was attended by Alexander Wang, Antonio Azzuolo, Heather Graham, Jack Huston, Jennifer Tilly, John Waters, Julianne Hough, Kate Bosworth, Keren Craig, Marc Jacobs, Michael Bastian, Nadja Swarovski, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Zoe, Tabitha Simmons, et al.