Proenza Schouler, Alex Wang, Prabal Gurung win at CFDA Awards
Tuesday 07 June 2011
It wasn't really a night of surprises, but a night of well-deserved prizes nevertheless, as the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored its top league of talent on June 6.
New York wonder boy Alexander Wang, who had been nominated in three categories, in the end 'only' bagged the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, while darlings of the US fashion industry Proenza Schouler took home the most coveted prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year. The Swarovski-supported award in the same category went to Michelle Obama favorite Prabal Gurung. Michael Bastian and Robert Geller convinced the jury with their menswear designs.
If it hadn't been for the International Award, there wouldn't have been any designing women represented as part of this winning roster, but Phoebe Philo was honored for her work at Celine in this category. She was joined by The Telegraph's retiring Hilary Alexander whose Media Award felt like a lifetime achievement award.
The actual Lifetime Achievement Award, however, which went to the merely 48-year-old Marc Jacobs, was subject to much debate, and even the designer himself had stated previously that he's "not done yet." Just as controversial, while seemingly inevitable, was the choice of Lady Gaga as Fashion Icon, following in the footsteps of a much more conventionally fashionable Iman.
Here is the full list of winners:
Womenswear Designer of the Year
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Menswear Designer of the Year
Accessory Designer of the Year
Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Swarovski Award for Menswear
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Phoebe Philo for Ce?line
The Media Award, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph
The Founder's Award, given in honor of CFDA Founder Eleanor Lambert
Hal Rubenstein, InStyle
Fashion Icon Award
Board of Directors' Special Tribute
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