The 2014 CFDA Awards: Altuzarra, Public School, and The Row Win Big

by Alexandra Ilyashov

The latest crop of CFDA Award winners were fêted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall last eve, with Joseph Altuzarra taking top honors for the femmes as Womenswear Designer of the Year, Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow nabbing the Menswear Designer of the Year accolade, while the Accessories Designer of the Year award went to The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This year’s host was John Waters, while the 2014 Fashion Icon award went to Rihanna, presented by Anna Wintour. As for the industry’s burgeoning talents getting some serious CFDA love? Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters scored the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and the complementary Menswear Award went to Tim Coppens; on the accounterment front, Irene Neuwirth took home the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. On the established-and-revered front, Tom Ford got this year’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the fashion dynamo’s husband, Richard Buckley.

Other presenters making cameos for the big fash to-do included Lupita Nyong’o, who gave Altuzarra his Trova statuette, James Marsden awarding Public School’s blokes, Keri Russell presenting to the Olsen twins, and Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan doling out the trio of Swarovski Awards. Also in this year’s winner’s circle? Raf Simons, whose Dior handiwork landed him the International Award, presented by Dior CEO Sidney Toledano and Marion Cotillard; Bethann Hardison, who nabbed the Founder’s Award honoring Eleanor Lambert from Naomi Campbell; Allure‘s creative maestro, Paul Cavaco, who was presented the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard by Linda Wells; and Fashion Calendar’s founder and publisher Ruth Finley, who won the Board of Directors’ Tribute, given by Diane von Furstenberg. Congrats to this year’s spate of fash victors! Stay tuned for loads more CFDA Awards fodder, from delicious tapis rouge soundbites to all the afterparty action.

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