CFDA 2008 Fashion Awards

Photos from the Red Carpet by Randy Brooke.

This year the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards was sponsored by Swarovski. Monday was sunny and balmy but crystals and purple rained on the red carpet that evening. One of the first to arrive was Miss Swarovski in an all black cocktail dress and her signature crystals worn as accessories. Many of the guests honored the official sponsor of this year’s event by wearing the famous crystals as well.

Victoria Beckham was wearing a Marc Jacobs (very) short dress made of a myriad of black applique organdi hearts. Carolina Herrera was in an all white tuxedo suit, while Lauren Hutton wore an all grey jumpsuit and cover-up. Eva Longoria-Parker sported a cocktail dress of a pale raspberry fabric adorned with off-white beads at the bustier line. Eva Mendes was elegant in her long and sleek white gown by Francesco Costa.

Mrs. Ralph Lauren wore a graceful long and pale blue dress adorned with delicate flowers. Maggie Gyllenwaal was in a green-and-black checkerboard tunic by Proenza Schouler. Emcee of the evening Fran Lebowitz wore an all-white tuxedo from “her favorite London tailors”. As for CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, she wore a vintage Yves Saint Laurent black tuxedo, paying a vibrant homage to the designer who just passed away. Anna Wintour was in a short gold lame cocktail dress.

And speaking of the men, Isaac Mizrahi wore a black tuxedo, waxed hair and shiny black sandals that showed his painted toenails while Tom Ford, elegant as usual, wore a black tuxedo and white shirt. And Stan Herman just looked great — also as usual.

The M.O. of the night had to be “purple”. Seen wearing the color were Erin Lauder in a flowing short purple dress, Carol Alt in a long purple gown with a side slit, Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) in a purple dress with flowers cascading down . Lil’ Kim wore a short purple dress cinched at the waist while Behnaz Sarapfour wore a stunning purple dress. Hillary Duff wore a sequined purple dress by Michael Kors, Tory Burch sported a long purple dress of her own design, Diana Taylor in a Ralph Lauren design. It was a purple rain, no less. The color was almost everywhere, either as the main color of the outfit or as an accessory.


In this writer’s opinion, the most outstanding dress had to be the one worn by Hillary Duff. Michael Kors’ design was simple, yet highly effective. The combination of the fabric and the clinging lines made for a beautiful, elegant and very sexy dress that Ms Duff wore very well.

Unfortunately, the worst part of the evening was the relatively small space allocated to the working press and the lack of help or directions when I first checked in. I struggled just to keep my “PRESS” sticker from falling off me.

So if you have not heard already, the winners of this year’s CFDA awards are : Francesco Costa (womenswear designer for the second time, quite an achievement),Tom Ford (for menswear) Tory Burch (for accessories). As for Carolina Herrera, she accepted an award for her lifetime contribution to the industry. Candy Pratts Price received this year’s Eugenia Sheppard Award. The International Award went to Dries Van Noten, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was given the CFDA’s Board of Directors’ Special Tribute. The Swarovski awards for emerging talent went to Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte for Womenswear, Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders for Menswear and Philip Crangi for Accessory Design.

– Muriel Geny-Triffaut



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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