The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA NAMED WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

RIHANNA NAMED FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR

AWARDS SHOW TO BE WEBCAST ON CFDA.COM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD AT 11AM

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Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. For the thirteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. Highlights of the evening included a live tribute featuring sixteen models of color in Diane von Furstenberg dresses paying homage to Founder’s Award honoree Bethann Hardison for advocating diversity on the runways and Michael Kors leading the In Memoriam segment in which he honored the passing of Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg over the past year.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation with hos John Waters

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards – Award Presentation with hos John Waters

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.

ACCESSORIES WINNERS - THE ROWMARY - KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

ACCESSORIES WINNERS – THE ROWMARY – KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, presented by Lupita Nyong’o. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School by actor James Marsden. Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by actress Keri Russell.

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Tim Coppens. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Irene Neuwirth. 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.

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Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: “the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me.

The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career.  Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons,” added CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.

It’s been an honor to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze.  We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

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International Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo Introduces Debut Fashion Brand With The Launch Of CR7 By Cristiano Ronaldo

UNDERWEAR COLLECTION AND SOCK LINE CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP DESIGNER RICHARD CHAI AND DANISH COMPANY JBS TEXTILE GROUP

Photos by David Ramos and Denis Doyle/Getty Images for CR7

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a 19m high billboard during the global launch of the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear line at the Palacio de Cibeles on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is available worldwide from 1st November 2013 from www.cr7underwear.com (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for CR7)

MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a 19m high billboard during the global launch of the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear line at the Palacio de Cibeles on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is available worldwide from 1st November 2013 from http://www.cr7underwear.com (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for CR7)

World famous sportsman Cristiano Ronaldo has collaborated with New York based designer Richard Chai to create a debut collection of underwear and socks, made a public appearance in Madrid on October 31st to officially launch his new CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear collection, which is available worldwide from 1st November 2013.

Ronaldo appeared at Madrid landmark Palacio de Cibeles to unveil a 19 meter tall CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo campaign image, featuring the global sports star modeling a key item from his range. The campaign was shot by world renowned photographer Giampaolo Sgura.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31:  Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a 19m high billboard during the global launch of the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear line at the Palacio de Cibeles on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is available worldwide from 1st November 2013 from www.cr7underwear.com  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images  for CR7)

MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a 19m high billboard during the global launch of the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear line at the Palacio de Cibeles on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is available worldwide from 1st November 2013 from http://www.cr7underwear.com (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for CR7)

The spectacular courtyard in Palacio de Cibeles, which is regularly used for high end fashion events and is famous as a hub for culture, art and design, provided the perfect backdrop to the image, which was displayed beneath the building’s distinctive glass dome and against its remarkable neoclassical architecture. The range has been created in partnership with leading Danish textile group JBS, who have over 70 years experience in developing and producing high end underwear.

CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo is the inaugural brand venture for the celebrated sportsman and his first personal venture into fashion design. His love of fashion and interest in design were key factors in his decision to launch his own collection, and he sought the expertise of CDFA Award winning designer Chai, who is renowned for his work with labels including Marc Jacobs and Donna Karen, to collaborate on design elements. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

September 5th

  • 9AM NICHOLAS K at STUDIO
  • 10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA at THEATRE
  • 11AMR ICHARD CHAI at STAGE
  • 1PM SUPIMA at STUDIO
  • 2PM TADASHI SHOJI at STAGE
  • 2:30-3:30PMC ANDELA at BOX
  • 3PM DESIGUAL at THEATRE
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Richard Chai Designs the ‘Romy’ Bag for Beauty.com

Just in time for spring, the exclusive makeup bag is a complimentary gift with any Beauty.com $100 purchase*

Beauty.com®, a division of drugstore.com, inc., announces that a creation by acclaimed designer Richard Chai is the latest installment in their limited edition gift-with-purchase series. Through his experiences at some of the world’s most influential fashion houses, Chai has developed a keen eye for detail, a reverence for architectural design elements, and a strong belief in the importance and value of the construction of clothes. A fresh season has definitely arrived for Beauty.com shoppers. Customers craving all-new shades can shop the Spring 2013 Color Collections, read up on new beauty trends, and ‘go backstage’ via exclusive behind-the-scenes access with Beauty.com at New York Fashion Week. Customers who visit www.beauty.com/richardchai will receive the ‘Romy’, a cobalt beauty case loaded with prestige beauty picks for any site purchase of $100 or more, only while supplies last.

Richard Chai Designs the 'Romy' Bag for Beauty.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Beauty.com)

Richard Chai Designs the ‘Romy’ Bag for Beauty.com. (PRNewsFoto/Beauty.com)

Richard is so talented. I’m obsessed with his prints and his color palette,” says Romy Soleimani , Beauty.com Director-at-Large and the bag’s namesake. “I love the strong color and that it is actually big enough to carry everything you might need for the season, including sunscreen!  It’s the epitome of his collections: smart and chic.”  Continue reading