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Winners Announced At The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards In Collaboration With Swarovski

By PRN NewsWire   

NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tonight, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. James Corden, of The Late Late Show on CBS, was the host for the evening. For the fourteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski.

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, presented by Amanda Seyfried.

The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Tom Ford by Joshua Jackson.

Tabitha Simmons took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, presented by Taraji P. Henson.

Pharrell Williams was presented the Fashion Icon award by Kanye West. Williams addressed his stylistic journey, crediting his early proclivity for do-it-yourself on Chuck Taylor sneaker as a key inspiration. “Freedom is whatever you want it to be,” he said.

The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards show program and red carpet coverage hosted by Kelly Osbourne will be featured exclusively on on Tuesday, June 2(nd).

“Fashion creates dreams and makes them happen,” said CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg. “We are here tonight to celebrate fashion designers and their impact.”

“Tonight, we honor talent in our industry at every level – the legendary, the established, and the emerging,” said CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb.

“We are thrilled about our ongoing partnership with the CFDA which offers a great opportunity to support the American fashion community. The impact of winning an award on the career of an emerging designer is invaluable and in line with Swarovski’s commitment to foster the next generation of talent,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

Gigi Hadid and Zachary Quinto presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Rosie Assoulin.

The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air.

The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel.

Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Betsey Johnson by Kelly Osbourne for her enduring and creative influence on fashion.

The Founders Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Millard “Mickey”Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, Inc. by David Remnick of The New Yorker.

The Media Award which is given for excellence in journalism and was originally created in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, was presented to Kevin Systrom for Instagram by Kim Kardashian West.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino were recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia and Valeria Golino.


CFDA & SWAROVSKI: Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Nadja Swarovski

AWARDS HOST: James Corden

AWARD Nominees: Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row. Menswear: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, Tom Ford. Accessory Design: Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Tabitha Simmons

SWAROVSKI NOMINEES: Womenswear: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Rosie Assoulin, Ryan Roche. Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air, Alex Orley, Matthew Orley, and Samantha Orley for Orley, Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons. Accessory Design: Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel.

HONOREES: Betsey Johnson, Kevin Systrom, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Pharrell Williams

PRESENTERS: Amanda Seyfried, Chelsea Clinton, David Remnick, Franca Sozzani, Gigi Hadid, Joshua Jackson, Kanye West, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian West, Nina Garcia, Taraji P. Henson, Valeria Golino, Zachary Quinto

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Ashley Judd, Banks, Brittany Snow, Carmen Ejogo, Chrissy Teigen, Diane Kruger, Dwayne Wade, Emmy Rossum, Grimes (Claire) Boucher, Harvey Weinstein, Janelle Monae, January Jones, Jemima Kirke, Jessica Joffe, Jhene Aiko, Joe Jonas, Juliette Lewis, Katie Holmes, Maya Thurman Hawke, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Hudgens, Victor Cruz

FASHION/SOCIAL VIP’S: Alek Wek, Anna Ewers, Aymeline Valade, Bella Hadid, Carolyn Murphy, Chiara Ferragni, Coco Rocha, Devon Windsor, Harley Viera-Newton, Imaan Hammam, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Lily Donaldson, Liya Kebede, Mira Duma, Vanessa Traina-Snow

DESIGNERS: Adrian Runhof, Adrienne Landau, Albertus Swanepoel, Andrew Rosen, Angel Sanchez, Babi, Bibhu Mohapatra, Billy Reid, Carlos Campos, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Clare Vivier, Colette Malouf, Cynthia Rowley, Danielle Snyder, David Meister, Deborah Lloyd, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Gaynes, Eric Javits, Erin Beatty, Erin Fetherston, Ernest Sabine, Esteban Cortazar, Francisco Costa, Georgina Chapman, Gilles Mendel, Greg Chait, Italo Zucchelli, James Mischka, Jason Wu, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Jenna Lyons, Jennifer Fisher, Jessie Randall, Jodie Snyder Morel, Johan Lindeberg, John Bartlett, Jonathan Meizler, Jonathan Simkhai, Jussara Lee, Kenneth Cole, Keren Craig, Kerry O’Brien, Kevin Carrigan, Lela Rose, Lisa Perry, Lorraine Schwartz, Luis Fernandez, Mara Hoffman, Marissa Webb, Mark Badgley, Mary McFadden, Max Assoulin, Max Osterweis, Michael Smaldone, Michelle Smith, Mimi So, Mish Tworkowski, Monica Botkier, Monique Lhuillier, Monique Pean, Norma Kamali, Pamela Love, Pamella DeVos, Patty Pereira, Peter Som, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Raan Parton, Rachel Roy, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Reed Krakoff, Richard Chai, Ruthie Davis, Sachin, Shane Gabier, Sofia Sizzi, Stacey Bendet, Stan Herman, Steven Alan, Stuart Weitzman, Susan Beischel, Tadashi Shoji, Thakoon Panichgul, Tina Lutz, Tony Melillo, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vera Wang, Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Swanson Beard, Victoria Beckham, Whitney Pozgay, Yigal Azrouel, Zac Posen


Host James Corden opened with a musical number, a fashion-oriented parody based on “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. Kevin Systrom pointed to Kim Kardashian West’s wedding photo as the most popular on the platform and said, “Kim, I may be the CEO but you are the Queen of Instagram.”

Marie Claire’s Nina Garcia led the CFDA Remembers segment, which honored the passing of Mary Ann Restivo, Vince Camuto, Koos van den Akker, Luis Estevez, Eileen Ford, John Fairchild, Gus Tassel, and Carlos Falchi. Chelsea Clinton delivered a special tribute to Oscar de la Renta, who passed away in October 2014.


As part of the CFDA’s commitment to design education, the following scholarships were awarded to the following students who were acknowledged from the stage by CFDA CEO Steven Kolb:

The Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award: Heather Rhee from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award: Noa Loewald Hu from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship in Partnership with Target: Sanglim Lee from Savannah College of Art and Design.

About the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. The final votes were tabulated by Ernst & Young, LLP.

KCD was the executive producer of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards. Art direction, graphics, and the CFDA Awards Journal were designed by Trey Laird of Laird + Partners. The journal was photographed by Barnaby Roper and styled by Brian Molloy. For the seventh consecutive year, Tony-nominated Scott Pask oversaw the Awards set design.

The CFDA would like to acknowledge the official sponsors of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards: Official Partner: Google Play Official Automotive Sponsor: Lexus Official Beauty Sponsor: MAC Cosmetics Official Champagne Partner: Veuve Clicquot Official Spirits Sponsor: Maestro Dobel The official after-party is co-hosted by Refinery29 at the Top of the Standard following the awards.

The final votes will be tabulated by Ernst & Young LLP, the official accounting firm of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards. The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards was produced by KCD. Collateral was art directed by Laird + Partners.

About the CFDA – The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization stages New York Fashion Week; Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with events such as Fashion’s Night Out and 7th on Sale and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.

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About Swarovski – Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary and run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources.


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