Behind the glamour of this year’s
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award Winners are touches of genius, a mountain of innovation and an infinite display of hard work. Fashion’s finest walked the red carpet, with model or celebrity plus-ones in toe, to the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center ceremony on Monday June, 1st.
Of the 11 prestigious categories, power twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s brand The Row took the gold for Womenswear followed by Rosie Assoulin who won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Tom Ford championed the Menswear award and Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air received the Swarovski Award for Menswear. Valentino creative directors
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took home the International Award.
The seven years since the team took the reins after Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, stepped down from their label, the brand transformed its luxury philosophy into a more feminist and down-to-earth approach seen most in their free-flowing hippie inspired designs. Chiuri and Piccioli brought Valentino into the current era with grace and with humor; how could we not honor the label that organized Ben Stiller’s and Owen Wilson’s Paris Fashion Week walk-off to announce the
Original rock’n’roll design goddess Betsey Johnson was honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. The 72-year-old designer is as youthful as ever and did the splits on stage as she accepted her award.
Pharrell Williams, the skater-boy/hip-hop artist who gifted the world many
mad-hatter style moments, won the Fashion Icon Award. “I’m not a style icon. I’m just inspired. I am other, and I am O.K. with that,” said Mr. Williams in his acceptance speech.
Though a few of the awards were repeats (both The Row and Tom Ford won awards last year in different categories) there was plenty of room for surprises.
The West-Kardashians both presented and as always, the couple couldn't help but steal the spotlight. Upon congratulating Williams with his award, Kanye West gave one of his signature rants much to the delight and confusion of the audience. Despite adding to his long list of incomprehensible quotes that currently circulate the web, West was clear about his admiration for Williams: “Fashion had to be the hardest high school I ever went to, but at least I had a big brother,” he said.
West’s wife, the newly pregnant Kim blew everyone away in a custom Proenza Schouler sheer, eyeleted dress with feathered epaulettes.
Jack McCollough, one of designers of the duo label, admitted that Kim’s red carpet look was an unprecedented move since his label’s avant guard designs usually cloak more alternative stars like Grimes. It was entirely perfect for selfie-queen Kardashian to present the Media Award to Instagram founder Kevin Systrom.
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly know as the Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner (Kim Kardashian’s step-father) revealed her much anticipated transition as a woman on the cover of the newly released
Vanity Fair. Ms. Jenner wowed supporters and members of the LGBTQ community across the world with her gorgeous portraits, captured by Annie Leibovitz.
In the photos, Jenner looks like a pin-up bombshell, appearing on the cover in a creamy, old-Hollywood inspired corset and another in a red-hot Donna Karan jersey dress seated in an equally fiery Porsche. Her Twitter page gained one million followers within its first four hours, outdoing President Barack Obama for the record. The attention for Caitlyn’s transformation comes at a crucial time in lieu of several recent
murders of trans women in the U.S as well as an increased visibility of trans people in fashion and the media.
Last weekend, at the pop-cultural bonanza known as Vulture Fest, Tavi Gevinson, 19-year-old editor of Rookie magazine,
spoke to New York Magazine about the love for fashion that sparked her explosive success. Gevinson recalled her earlier days as a burgeoning 12-year-old fashion blogger, a time when she could recite her favorite designer collections back to the '80s. The writer and recent Broadway actress also addressed negative comments Scott Schuman, founder of The Sartorialist, made about her young age. “Why would a middle-aged man's opinion on fashion be more relevant than a teenage girl’s….fashion does not start at a certain age.” We think our students and Fashion Club members would certainly agree!
On June 2, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Muslim woman
Samantha Elauf, who sued Abercrombie and Fitch after the company denied her a job on the basis that her headscarf violated their look policy. Elauf, a Palestinian-American, initially filed the law suit with representation from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when she was 17 years old and living in Oklahoma. Elauf was told her hijab didn't fit with was the brand’s preppy college student aesthetic. Abercrombie will have to deal with the notoriety of job discrimination for years to come. That Islamophobic rejection never shut down her fashionable dreams; Elauf is now a merchandiser for Urban Outfitters and a fantastically hip blogger.
I know you can feel it! All the summery events coming your way, I mean! Au naturale skincare company Glossier will host a
pop-up at Nasty Gal Santa Monica from June 5-7. All the beauty brand’s goods are created based on recommendations from makeup artists, models and everyday women. The results are simply packaged products with a lot of punch. Plus, face masks do make for amazing selfies.
This weekend, the Contemporary Crafts Market is going down in Pasadena! Don’t miss this chance to peruse one-of-a kind artwork, jewelry, decorations, textiles, furniture, and home goods, June 5-7 on Friday, Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 10-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Admission is free with a
After you get your craft on, head over to downtown Pasadena for
Make Music Pasadena, a free, all-ages music festival! From 11am- 11pm, you can catch 150 performers on five main stages and 30 additional venues that span 20 blocks through the city. Talent includes Nick Waterhouse, Sir Sly and Lydia Ainsworth. You worked your tail off and now it’s time to shake it!
Behind the glamour of this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award Winners are touches of genius, a mountain of innovation and an infinite display of hard work....