This year’s CFDA Awards were bigger than ever as they marked the 50-year anniversary of the organization’s existence. The event took place on Monday evening at New York City’s Lincoln Center in the Alice Tully Hall. To celebrate the winners and the CFDA’s anniversary, a video and fashion show was presented at the opening of the event including the history of the CFDA and showing where fashion once was, and where it is today. The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the winners of the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Womenswear Designer of the Year award, where both women looked stunning in long, draping dresses; Ashley Donned a plum, silk gown, and Mary-Kate rocked anew dark and straight hairstyle. Billy Reid picked up the Menswear Designer of the Year award, and Reed Krakoff won in Accessories.
A new season is here and it’s time for all of us to pull out our summer make up and update our look for the season. The S/S runways were full of beauty trends that are fun, fresh, and totally doable! From bold brows to bright colorful lips, you are sure to find a look that suits your personal style. Below we provide you with our favorite styles; please, do try these at home!
From wine-colored stained pouts at Prabal Gurung to bright reds at Jason Wu, statement lips are everywhere this season. Get behind this trend by picking a color that works with your skin tone. As we saw on the runways, the color itself doesn't really matter. It could be blue, purple, orange, or pink, just pick a tone you like, with a matte finish, and you’ll get a look that’s perfect for you and right on trend!
When someone says "Prabal Gurung" what comes to mind are most likely the glamorous red carpet dresses that have landed on everyone from Hailee Steinfeld to Anna Paquin, even Michelle Obama is a fan; but his latest line proves that he is capable of much more.
There is something for everyone in the variety of ensembles that came down the Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear runway, including georgette dresses and tailored suits printed with a design inspired by photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sensual Flowers series. Taking a closer look it is possible to see that the floral decorations have all wilted slightly, adding an eerie feel to the beauty.
Last night, CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund. For 8 consecutive years, the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund has provided support and encouragement for emerging American designers. This year's winner will receive $300,000, a chance to design a capsule collection for the fund's head sponsor J.Crew, and mentorship from individuals highly regarded in the American fashion industry. Past CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund winners include Billy Reid, Alexander Wang, Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler, Rogan, Sophie Theallet, and Trovata. The 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund nominees are:
Curiousity killed the cat through an adventure Midtown to visit a Saks Fifth Avenue and Whitney Museum's Young Designer Celebration; hosted by Chanel Iman, Amanda Hearst, Devon Aoki, Magherita Missoni, Valerie Boster, Martin Dawson and Daria Oberlander. What started off as a slow evening turned to be the best time to observe the exclusive dresses designed by Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Erdem Moralioglu, Doo.Ri Chung, Roberto Rimondi, Marios Schwab and Tommaso Aquilano - some of whom were in attendance. Doo.Ri, who designed a stellar blue flared hem frock with a stunning white & black polka dot bow strap, won the honors of dressing host Chanel Iman. As the arriving crowd danced to violins played over trendy deejay sets, plenty gasped at the craftsmanship and beauty of Christian Cota’s phenomenal cage dress, Erdem’s floral sensation and Prabal’s black and white contrast achievement by way of a cocktail dress. 17 dresses were designed in total by the designers, with many of their pricetags climbing into the four figure range; Cota’s cage masterpiece was priced at $3,950, while Erdem’s floral pieces began at $700. Guilt over the hefty cost was not an issue, however, as 10 percent of purchases will benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Also in attendance was Fern Mallis, who recently stepped down as global ambassador of IMG and the face of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Mallis will begin her own firm Fern Mallis LLC, with IMG Fashion as her first client.
Earlier in the afternoon Passion Style PR invited editors and stylists to preview the Fall 2010 collections of a plethora of designers; including Philippe Audibert, Hernan Lander, Marie Saint Pierre, Max et Moi and Mirjana Scepanovic. Attendees enjoyed Philippe’s ethnic beauty of jewelry, Max et Moi’s subtle glamour and Hernan’s edgy aesthetic attempts. Passion Style welcomes all patrons of fashion, press and media to their annual party June 10th; guaranteed to be a memorable event.
Heidi Slimane has created a memorial on his site for the late model Ambrose Olsen, who hung himself last week; Christian Siriano is rumored to be dressing Melania Trump for Monday’s Met Ball; Karl Lagerfeld is expected to attend New Yorks Fashion Week for an award ceremony and Fashion’s Night Out; Charitybuzz.com’s week at Vogue auction closed at $42,500; Michael Kors follows Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, saying young models are a turnoff. “I think if you send out an army of robotic 14-year-old children dressed up in their mom's clothes, I think the reality is that it's a turnoff, unless you are in fact a robotic 14-year-old.”; Naomi Campbell will visit The Oprah Show Monday, where it’s rumored she will sign a “No Throwing Cell Phone” pledge; Oscar De La Renta talks about the slack in couture saying, "Couture has become completely irrelevant, Couture isn’t necessary, even to promote the brand. Customers are smart. They know that a $10,000 wedding dress will look as beautiful as a $1 million wedding dress. Maybe it will not be finished the same way inside, but who will know?"
Tuesday night I caught a brief ending to an open Q&A with Ruffian designers, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. The design duo spoke on the craftsmanship of their Fall 2010 bevy- taking note of their silk blouses, flaring knee-length skirts and cropped jackets. Brian expressed major enthusiasm when speaking about the sequined jersey dresses, which required the designers to send them out for handmade work. The small, yet intimate event allowed attendees to roam the studio admiring the designers sketches, artwork and wall of inspiration. The collection was partially inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Nights, a theme that carried through the vintage arrangement of images within the design room. The evening was hosted by Friends of Fashion, a national social enterprise created to support the fashion industry through scheduled exclusive events, private shopping parties and designer meet-and-greet opportunities. For more information, please visit their website.
Designers Have Birthdays: Everyone wish Prabal Gurung a very big Happy Birthday today. The designer who is in his third season traveled home to Nepal to spend his special day with family. The Bill Blass veteran left the design house in 2008 to design glamorous gowns of his own for Orpah, Demi Moore and more celebrities. He recently made Paper Magazine's Beautiful People: Class of 2010, saying, "I can’t believe I’m in this issue. I hope it’s for my inner beauty -- that’ll last longer. I’m assuming that it is."
Wednesday night was the stellar CFDA nominations - right after Diane Von Furstenberg was re-elected another term for the organization - as some of New York's most popular young designers came out to celebrate at Diane's design studio for a cocktail gathering.
The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) is the metronome for the support of emerging young designers. The masterpiece showcase of this year's seven most prominent designers out of 175 who sought for the coveted runway spots for this year's Fashion Week. Each of the seven finalists were granted a $25,000 scholarship to design their own line to send down the runway at a stunning Monday evening presentation in Bryant Park.
First were The Blonds with an array of Swarovski Crystal encrusted corsets alongside a flashy python pencil skirt and fashionable ostrich feathered collars. Prova came next with a futuristic voyage down the red carpet. A sunkissed pansy printed silk dress with silver and black glass beaded fringe was stylishly accessorized with a bottle cap necklace. Prabal Gurung took us on an international fashion trip with camel and white hooded coats and completed the collection with a bottle green viscose draped sleeve dress.