CFDA Awards: Fashion Honors Itself

Rihanna made headlines earlier this month, shocking fans and reporters alike with her see-through David Selman ensemble. But she wasn’t the only highlight at the CFDA Awards!

Film director and screenwriter John Waters hosted the night’s festivities. In his opening, he mused, “As all fashion sophisticates know, every night is Halloween.” Some of the stars’ sartorial choices certainly supported the sentiment.

Swarovski Crystal funded the lavish bash. Their June 2nd event— thrown in Alice Tully Hall at The Lincoln Center—marked the luxury brand’s 13th consecutive year hosting the awards ceremony.

And the Winners Are…

(Photo Credit: Flickr)

(Photo Credit: Flickr)

The Womenswear Designer Award was presented by Lupita Nyong’o and went to Joseph Altuzarra.  Always one to turn heads, Lupita stepped out in a bold and youthful two-piece shorts ensemble. She chose to wear Suno for the event, explaining the designer supported her before this year’s Oscar success. Her skin looked flawless, and she paired the design with fun, cobalt eye shadow and understated hair. Rock on, lady!




Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow won Menswear Designer of the Year for Public School. James Marsden presented them with their award. Keri Russell was also in attendance to give Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (for The Row) the award for Accessories Designer of the Year. Both wearing black wrap dresses by the label. the fashion duo looked classic and sophisticated.

Rihanna took home the Fashion Icon Award. Anna Wintour presented the singer with the achievement saying, “I’m here tonight to talk about how Rihanna communicates through fashion because that, of course, is what style icons do…thepoint is to be audacious, even jaw-dropping, or button-pushing — and, yes, she likes to push buttons.”

(Photo Credit: Flickr)

(Photo Credit: Flickr)


Blake Lively channeled the Swinging Sixties in a mini Michael Kors dress, complete with period-appropriate hair and jewelry. The actress got creative, fashioning a simple pink ribbon into a headband. She told reporters, “Whenever I pick an outfit, I always pick the whole look, because that helps me know which outfit I want.”

Coco Rocho looked like a retro Vogue cover in a breathtaking black and white gown. The Canadian model showed off a gorgeous design, complete with jaunty hat by Christian Siriano.



(Photo Credit: Flickr)


Emmy Rossum posed wearing an olive, J. Mendel design with pleat detailing and simple black pumps. The star polished the look with a messy updo, fresh makeup, and minimal jewelry. Rossum seems to have an uncanny knack for pulling off difficult designs and offbeat colors. Tricky fabrics and unusual lines never overshadow her stunning complexion and striking features.

Overall, it was a colorful and emotional ceremony with many winners expressing tearful gratitude at the support of their peers. What was your favorite CFDA look? And what styles should be left on the rack? Leave your two-cents (or more) in the comments below!