Notes from the CFDA Nominees Cocktail Party

Lookonline editor Marilyn Kirschner dressed for the occasion

As the event was video streamed and widely publicized online and on Facebook and Twitter, there is no point in us reporting on who was nominated for what. That said, Of course Marc Jacobs was again nominated for another award, this time for lifetime achievement. CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg was quick to note that Marc said it was only half a lifetime so far, but DVF reminded the audience that she was much older than him, and that her lifetime award covers a much longer period.

The event was held at the DVF gallery at 450 West 14th Street in a street that was filled with other designer showrooms. Only one small area of the huge gallery was opened to guests who quickly filled the room to way above capacity – it was almost impossible to make one’s way to the bar to get a drink.  I would estimate there were at least 300 people at the event, and we left after the announcements were made as it was almost impossible to move around the room with any grace or style!

The most interesting moments: DVF giving Anna Wintour a big hug in the center of the room while photographers and video crews captured this touching and moving scene; host Nadja Swarovski not showing up because of an “emergency board meeting”, DVF announcing that designers were going to raise money for the Japanese by selling pieces from their collections online; and Steven Kolb literally jumping to attention any time DVF addressed him on the platform.

It was hard to tell who anyone was in that crowded room. We did see Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Patty Cohen, Hal Rubenstein, and Anna Wintour of course. Others were to include but we cannot attest to: Joseph Altuzarra, Yigal Azrouel, John Bartlett, Michael Bastian, Amanda Brooks, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa, Keren Craig, Erin Fetherston, Justin Giunta, Kim Hastreiter, Reed Krakoff, Liz Lange, Jenna Lyons, Gilles Mendel, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Angel Sanchez, Jill Stuart, Sophie Theallet, Stefano Tonchi, Jason Wu and Italo Zucchelli.

We want to give a special shout out to some of our friends who we did run into: fashion writer Lisa Marsh, FashionGPS founder Ed Mullon and wife Kerri, Steve Eichner our favorite photographer from WWD, former CFDA president Stan Herman, syndicated fashion editor Mary Lou Luther, and of course our own editor – the one-and-only Marilyn Kirschner.

– Ernest Schmatolla



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

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