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.
RIPPED, an exhibition of three decades worth of authentic rock and punk T-shirts and memorabilia, will go on display beginning June 7, following a stint at the L.A. fashion school FIDM. "Those disgusted with the Met's ambitious punk rock failure," says curator Cesar Padilla (who also owns the Manhattan vintage store Cherry), "will be relieved to hear names like The Damned, Descendents, and MC5, among many others." Concert tee fanatics may recall that RIPPED is also a book with an introduction by punk legend Lydia Lunch, who'll read portions of the book at the exhibition launch, as will other contributors.
The exhibition is part of a larger program of shows called El Campo de Mañana, which also includes photographs by Bob Hower, sculptures by Radford Brown, and Destroy Fashion by Patrick Thompson. Following the opening reception on June 7, the Lydia Lunch-fronted RETROVIRUS project will perform. RETROVIRUS has been described as “a harrowing cross section of aural schizophrenia from No Wave skronk to bludgeoning Hard Rock and sleazy Jazz Noir to propulsive Psychedelia.”
The only catch to all of this is it's in Kentucky. So grab your Skoal and skankiest punk tee and head on down to Land of Tomorrow, 233 West Broadway, Louisville.
At last, a wet and soggy Cannes Film Festival has reached an end. Miraculously, the red-carpet gowns remained unsoiled and unspoiled (the same can't be said for jewelry—after not one, but two million-dollar heists). Here, the final installment of La Croisette's best eye candy...
Tilda Swinton in Chanel at a photo call for Only Lovers Left Alive...
Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at the premiere of Only Lovers Left Alive...
Emmanuelle Seigner in Alexandre Vauthier at the premiere of Venus in Furs...
The lacy Valentino dress that Anne Hathaway replaced with a pointy-nippled Prada number at the Oscars—because, at the last minute, she her stylist Rachel Zoe deemed it too similar to Amanda Seyfried's Alexander McQueen gown—has gotten its moment in the sun anyway. Apparently, at least according to those who claim to know, Nicole Kidman donned the ivory couture stunner to the premiere of Nebraska in Cannes.
Valentino's camp, however, is equivocating, saying it's not the exact same dress, leaving open the possibility it's the same design. Maybe they're still smarting from Oscar night, when they sent a mass email claiming Hathaway's dress as theirs, before seeing on TV that it was definitely not.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival continues its charm offensive, unflinching in the face of storm and theft. And you know in your of hearts you're not above salivating at the red-carpet glamoouuuurrr! It's the way of Cannes...
Jessica Chastain in Versace at the premiere of Cleopatra...
Joan Smalls in Emilio Pucci at the premiere of Cleopatra...
Louise Bourgoin in Fendi at the premiere of Jimmy P...
The 66th Cannes Film Festival opened today with The Great Gatsby and—face it!—you want to see what the stars wore on the red carpet. Not just the Gatsby gang, but all the players. That's what Cannes is—loads of beautiful people swanning around in their finest designer loans. It's as much a Cannes tradition as the scowling French faces in the audience...
Carey Mulligan (with Baz Luhrmann) in Dior couture at the Opening Ceremony...
Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta at the Opening Ceremony...
Lana Del Rey at the Opening Ceremony...
A little exhibit at the Met has just opened (something about punk?). Here are other fashion exhibits worth a look...
Front Row: Chinese American Designers
Museum of Chinese in America, New York
April 26 - September 29, 2013
— Mary Ping curates this examination at Chinese-American designers who've found success in New York since the 80s, including Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Vera Wang, and Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion
RISD Museum, Providence
April 28 - August 18, 2013
— The museum at the Rhode Island School of Design explores the dandy identity over two centuries. The shoe begins, naturally, with Beau Brummell and continues, curiously, through modern dandies Rick Owens and Patti Smith.
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
July 10, 2013 - February 16, 2014
— Following its blockbuster David Bowie showcase (which remains on view through July 28), the V&A assembles 85 outfits for a major show on the outrageous club looks of the 1980s in London, an imaginative era that still informs contemporary collections.
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Seattle Art Museum
June 27 – September 8, 2013
— The Seattle Art Museum will play host to a traveling exhibit featuring more than 100 outfits by game-changing Japanese designers, including Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Jun Takahashi, and Kenzo Takada, as well as younger names.
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
Museum at FIT, New York
September 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014
— This exhibition follows the extent to which gay men and women have made significant contributions to fashion for more than a century, touching on androgyny, dandyism, subculture, street styles, and drag.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Brooklyn Museum, New York
October 25, 2013 - February 23, 2014
— After stops in Montreal, Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, and Rotterdam, this retrospective chronicles the startling breadth of Jean Paul Gaultier's contributions to both pop culture and couture.