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CFDA AWARDS 2012: SPOTLIGHT ON AMERICAN FASHION

Top Looks and List of Winners from the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards

By Eden Herbstman

June 2012

Designers, celebrities, and models gathered in Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center Monday night to recognize and celebrate American fashion. The Council of Fashion Designers of America was founded in 1962 with the goal of furthering the position of fashion design as a recognized branch of American art and culture. More than 50 years later, CFDA has a membership of over 400 designers, and is the glue uniting the American fashion industry on a global level. CFDA’s executive director Steven Kolb said it best: “There is no other event that puts the spotlight on American fashion like the CFDA fashion awards.” Monday night’s attendees hit the red carpet in their best American designer pieces.

Joan Smalls had one of the night’s most elegant ensembles. The model who arrived with Michael Kors chose the designer’s ivory racer-back fish-tail gown, pairing the look with gold accessories. Keeping her hair simple and pulled back, the beautifully constructed dress speaks for itself. Kate Bosworth donned Swarvoski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear winner Joseph Altuzarra’s heavily embellished sarong-like garment. One of the many stars to choose a cut-out dress, Bosworth looked cool and chic with the exposed waist accent bringing an exotic flair to the red carpet. Anna Wintour proves that you don’t need to show a little skin to make a fashion statement though. American Vogue’s editor-in-chief looked young and fresh in a sparkling floral Marc Jacobs dress, accented with a skinny maroon belt and beige Manolo Blahniks.

Actress Sophia Bush had one of the best color-combo outfits of the night, looking lovely in a bright orange draped David Meister gown. Sophia added more glam accenting her look with a Christian Louboutin blue and orange sandal to accompany the gorgeous gown. On the other end of the color spectrum, Devon Aoki looked romantic and regal in shades of red. The Alice + Olivia strapless peplum gown also had watercolored red roses throughout.

The general audience is always quick to place one or both Olsen’s on a worst dressed list for their individual style, often confused with “bag lady chic,” but last night both sisters looked sophisticated and elegant, in addition to taking home the award for Womenswear Designer Of The Year! In particular Mary Kate, who debuted brunette locks, looked super stylish in all black, wearing her own creation from The Row. Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Tommy Hilfiger was the man of the hour Monday night, but his daughter Ally gained some red carpet attention on her own. The always trendy NAHM designer wore one of her own patterned gowns, and accented with edgy accessories like a gold forearm cuff. See below a complete list of the 2012 CFDA winners.

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashely Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Billy Reid

Accessories Designer of the Year: Reed Krakoff

Swarvoski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra

Swarvoski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear: Phillip Lim

Swarvoski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessory Designer: Tabitha Simmons

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Tommy Hilfiger

The Media Award, in honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

The Fashion Icon Award: Johnny Depp

The Founders Award, given in honor of Eleanor Lambert: Andrew Rosen

The International Award: Rei Kawakubo

LINKS:

The 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Arrivals

The 2012 CFDA Winner’s Room

CFDA Official Website

Written by Eden Herbstman

Photography by Clint Spaulding, Paul Bruinooge and Nicholas Hunt for Patrick McMullan Company

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Joan Smalls & Michael Kors, The 2012 CFDA AWARDS – INSIDE ARRIVALS, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NYC, Photography by CLINT SPAULDING for Patrick McMullan.com

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Kate Bosworth (left), Anna Wintour (right), The 2012 CFDA AWARDS – INSIDE ARRIVALS, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NYC, Photography by CLINT SPAULDING for Patrick McMullan.com

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Sophia Bush (left), Devon Aoki (right), The 2012 CFDA AWARDS – INSIDE ARRIVALS, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NYC, Photography by CLINT SPAULDING for Patrick McMullan.com

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Mary Kate Olsen (left), 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards – Arrivals, Alice Tully Hall, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by Nicholas Hunt for Patrick McMullan.com

Ally Hilfiger (right), The 2012 CFDA AWARDS – INSIDE ARRIVALS, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NYC, Photography by CLINT SPAULDING for Patrick McMullan.com

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Michael Polish & Kate Bosworth, 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Michelle Harper (left), Erin Wasson (right), 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Julianne Hough (left), Lilly Collins (right), 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Marc Jacobs & Harry Louis, 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Alexi Ashe & Seth Meyers (left), Rachel Zoe (left) 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Linda Fargo and Guest, 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Vivienne Tam, 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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Nary Manivong & Guest, 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Official After Party, Top of the Standard, NYC, June 4, 2012, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com

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