A thunderstorm briefly swept the city in the moments leading up to the the CFDAs, an suitable introduction for the Oscars of fashion which were held last night in New York City’s Lincoln Centre and where a phalanx of famous figures handed awards to the brightest and best of American fashion. Star of the show, one Hillary Clinton, was on hand to give Oscar de la Renta the Eleanor Lambert Founder’s Award describing him as “an American icon.”
Meanwhile Proenza Schouler won the Womenswear Designer of the Year award for the third year running. The label crossed this finish line first for a grand third time and is a favourite with Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Rihanna - it beat stiff competition from Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang to do so. The designer behind the costumes for the films Snow White and the Huntsman and Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood, sealed the Tribute Award and Jessica Chastain handed the International Award to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame gave Thom Browne the menswear gong.
Still, it was Secretary Clinton who got the biggest round of applause on the night with Oscar de la Renta setting out the plan for a potential presidential fashion fan club – Clinton, however, would not be moved on the matter. One thunderstorm is enough for any New York night.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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