Levity and Brevity at the 2013 CFDA Awards

Designers are typically on the receiving end of accolades all year long, but any excuse for a party is a good one. And so the fashion industry gathered to “celebrate its own,” to quote the constant refrain, at the CFDA Awards last night. And mercifully, speeches and vignettes and such were kept light and brief.

Many of the honorees were pre-determined: the Eugenia Sheppard Award for Journalism went to Tim Blanks, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Vera Wang by Ralph Lauren; the International Award went to Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy; and Colleen Atwood took the trophy for her film costumes.

Not one to be left out, Oscar de la Renta received the Founders Award, presented by Hillary Clinton (in a pantsuit, of course!) in what was probably the most charming moment of the evening. As First Lady and Secretary of State, Clinton has been dressed numerous times by the Dominican couturier, so much so that the two call themselves friends. She joked, eyes practically rolling out of her head, “I was such a fashion icon,” and spoke of the intimidation she felt at being “examined by Oscar de la Renta.” He in turn voiced his support of a potential presidential run in 2016, to which the audience went a little nuts.

Here’s the video short created for the men’s category — male models singing Daft Punk’s Get Lucky…

What was not known were the winners for the top prizes in womenswear, menswear and accessories. A déjà vu of 2011, Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took home the first, edging out Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang. Menswear went to Thom Browne, who accepted in his signature shorts, and accessories to Phillip Lim, who indeed makes a mean pair of boots. 

Winners of the Swarovski “emerging talent” awards in the same categories went to Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and Pamela Love, respectively.

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