CFDA Fashion Awards underwriter Nadja Swarovski wearing Alexander McQueen with the Swarovski Award Winners Justin Giunta, Alexander Wang and Tim Hamilton with Blake Lively wearing Michael Kors. Courtesy of Jennifer Graylock.
Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.
Polo Ralph Lauren emerged the winner of the Most Popular American Designer award; online voters decided the winnner.
Honors went to Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte for Womenswear Designer of the Year, presented by Diane Kruger.
There was a tie for Menswear Designer of the Year, which was presented by Jimmy Fallon: Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection.
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award–no real surprise there.
As we pointed out during the lead-up to the awards, First Lady Michelle Obama was honored with the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg for her support and commitment to American designers.
The full list of winners and honorees:
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte
Menswear Designer of the Year (TIE)
Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection
Accessory Designer of the Year
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent Womenswear
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent Menswear
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent Accessory Design
Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton
Eugenia Sheppard Award for Fashion Journalism
Edward Nardoza, Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Wear Daily
Eleanor Lambert Award
Jim Moore, Creative Director, GQ
Board of Directors’ Special Tribute
First Lady Michelle Obama