Wednesday, June 8, 2016

CFDA 2016: Beyonce accepted the Fashion Icon Award!

The queen of surprises! Beyoncé made an unexpected appearance at the 2016 CFDA Awards — and she took home the coveted Fashion Icon Award.
The 34-year-old “Sorry” singer snuck in to the star-studded event in NYC on Monday, June 6, with hubby Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy and mom Tina Knowles. Although she didn’t walk the carpet, Beyoncé still managed to turn heads in a stunning black and gold Givenchy tux and a wide-brimmed black hat.

Beyonce Accepts Fashion Icon Award at CFDA Awards 2016, Reveals That Mom Tina Knowles Sewed Her Grammy and Wedding Dresses

After CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg presented the entertainer with the Fashion Icon Award (as her politically tinged smash “Formation” played in the background), Beyoncé took the stage to give a touching, anecdotal speech.
“I feel so much love and I feel so proud,” she said as daughter Blue, 4, pointed at her mom and snapped pictures on an iPhone. “As long as I can remember, fashion has been part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. Many of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress.
 My grandparents did not have enough money. They could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made the uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift down to my mother and taught her how to sew.”
She continued, “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York.

But, like my grandmother, she used her talent and creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle, God bless his soul, designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. When I wore these clothes onstage, I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
While Jay Z, 46, beamed with pride as he looked up at the stage and her mom, Tina, wiped tears away, Beyoncé resumed, “My mother, who is so fabulous and beautiful and is here tonight, I love you. My mother, my grandmother and my uncle are always with me so I could not fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress. And the list goes on and on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression and strength. It transcends style and it’s a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones.
So to my mother, my uncle, my grandma, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having a presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me to never take no for an answer. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard and live life on my own terms.”
The “Crazy In Love” singer — who is in the midst of her Formation world tour — ended her heartfelt acceptance speech with a quick thank you to fashion designers across the globe.
“I want to say thank you to every designer that works tirelessly to make people think they can write their own story,” she said.
 “Y’all are fairy godmothers and magicians and sculptors, sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power that you have or to take it lightly. We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eyes can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower and to show people how to embrace their complications and see the flaws and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award. I’ll never forget this night. God bless y’all. Thank you.”

Ansel Elgort danced at CFDA Fashion Awards!


When Karlie Kloss says dance, you dance. 

Kloss was joined by Ansel Elgort to present an award at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards, a night that honors designers and fashion icons and, in this case, the art of movement.
 Elgort was recalling his experience tap dancing on stage the same award ceremony six years ago when his father, fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, was honored. 
Thanks to some prompting from co-presenter Kloss, we're now all lucky enough to have a video of him reliving his 16-year-old days by tapping and wiggling on stage once again. 

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards: Beyoncé!

Beyoncé was the surprise guest/honoree at the CFDA Fashion Awards Monday night, waking up the crowd when she took the stage in a giant black wide-rim hat and striped Givenchy suit to receive the Fashion Icon Award toward the end of the evening.

The CFDA is not an organization that withholds its proximity to celebrity, but it kept Beyoncé a secret, maximizing her impact and minimizing the damage control if she no-showed. She gave one of the best speeches of the night, a very sweet ode to her grandmother, mother and uncle, the latter two of whom were responsible for the homespun, matchy-matchy ensembles of early days Destiny’s Child. Who remembers House of Dereon?

“When I wore these clothes on stage I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor it was so much deeper than any brand name,” said Beyoncé. “My mother, who is so fabulous and beautiful, and is here tonight…actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Awards dress, my first Grammy dress and the list goes on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity and expression. It transcends style and is a time capsule for all of our greatest milestones.”

If Beyoncé upstaged the real fashion crowd, no one was complaining. The running joke is that the fashion crowd is a tough one, with an indiscernible sense of humor. “I know why you guys are here tonight. Because you’re all huge fans of comedy,” said Joel McHale, the evening’s host, during his opener. “I still believe that you love comedy even after I saw all your cameos in ‘Zoolander 2.’ But if you can do me a favor and instead of laughing at my jokes tonight, just stare back at me blankly, please.”

The audience all but obliged.

“I’ve never heard any fashion person LOL,” said Alexa Chung.

“This isn’t really our crowd, so we’re going to be counting on this table, “ said Abbi Jacobsen of “Broad City” to her tablemates, who included Chung, Prabal Gurung, Jennifer Hudson, Miroslava Duma and Alexander Skarsgård. Jacobsen and “Broad City” co-star Ilana Glazer attended with Rebecca Minkoff and were enlisted to present the Accessories Designer of the Year Award.

The CFDA changed it up this year, moving the awards from Alice Tully Hall to Hammerstein Ballroom, where for the first time in a long time a seated dinner preceding the ceremony. People were always griping that they were starving during the lengthy proceedings, so they gave them chilled lobster and chilled steak to chew on. Originally, the CFDA planned to televise the production, but it scrapped that idea last month. It was the smart move. There was no shortage of star power in the room — Olivia Wilde, Lena Dunham, Victor Cruz, Karlie Kloss, Ansel Elgort, Irina Shayk, Claire Danes, Naomi Campbell, Tilda Swinton — but at the end of the day, it’s an industry event with questionable appeal to a broader audience.
Jacobsen, Glazer and Minkoff headed for the door midway through the ceremony. They missed Beyoncé, but caught Michael C. Hall’s brilliant performance of “Changes” in a David Bowie tribute.

As for the winners, Menswear Award winner Thom Browne’s gave heartfelt shout outs to his boyfriend Andrew Bolton and his team, seated at his table and showing their devotion to their leader by dressing identically in the Thom Browne uniform. Marc Jacobs was more casually dressed for short, sweet acceptance of Womenswear Designer of the Year — he wasn’t scheduled to attend the awards.
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel accepted the Accessory Designer of the Year Award with a speech that was ever so slightly less awkward than last year, when they won the award for the first time. The Swarovski Awards for emerging talent went to Paul Andrew for accessories, Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley of Orley, for men’s, and Brandon Maxwell, for women’s.
Calvin Klein and Donna Karan

Anna Wintour was an improbable source of genuine enthusiasm when she took the stage to present Alessandro Michele of Gucci the International Award. “I know that you’ve all been looking at your iPhones,” said Wintour. “I would like to ask you all to join me in a round of applause for the incredible news that Hillary Rodham Clinton is now the Democratic Party nominee.”
 She might have actually “woo-ed” but the audience drowned her out. They’re With Her.

Calvin Klein introduced his friend Donna Karan for the Founder’s Award. Michael Kors introduced Lifetime Achievement Award winner Norma Kamali, who knows how incredible she looks at 70. Her next project is beauty and wellness-related. In case that doesn’t pan out she has a plan B. “Just in case, I asked Mickey Drexler if maybe he would wan to do a sex tape with me,” said Kamali. “He said it would be a very, very long sex tape.”
Thom Browne

CFDA Fashion Awards 2016: The Full Winners List!

CFDA Statue
The CFDA Awards may not be televised this year, but don't worry, we got you covered.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (otherwise known as the Academy Awards of the fashion world) took place tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the first time, and although fans of the annual event were not able to witness all of it's high-fashion beauty on the small screen, we're here to give you all the details on who took home an award.
Joel McHale, 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
As previously noted, these awards highlight individuals who have shaped American fashion "from all areas of the industry and related arts," the Council of Fashion Designers of America's site explains, "with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement."
Tonight's ceremony was led by funnyman Joel McHale, who served as the host for the show. The choice to have McHale host the CFDA Awards initially confused some, since he's not necessarily known for being a fan of fashion, but Steven Kolb, chief executive of the CFDA, said having someone "outside of the fashion industry" would "keep the night lively, topical and unexpected."
As for the tributes and trophies—the late David Bowie was posthumously given the Board of Directors' Tribute, while Gucci's Alessandro Michele was honored with the International Award. Donna Karan will receive the Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert and Norma Kamali was given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Plus, there was a huge surprise by none other than Beyoncé, who was honored with the Fashion Icon Award! But that's not all.
Here's the full list of winners from the 2016 CFDA Awards:
Fashion Icon Award: Beyoncé
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Accessories Designer of the Year: Mansur Gavriel: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Brandon Maxwell
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Orley: Alex Orley, Matthew Orley, Samantha Orley
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Paul Andrew
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Norma Kamali
The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Imran Amed, editor in chief of The Business of Fashion
The Founder's Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Donna Karan
International Award: Gucci: Alessandro Michele
Board of Directors' Tribute Award: David Bowie

CFDA Fashion Awards 2016: Red Carpet!

Steven Kolb and Diane von Furstenberg

CFDA CEO Steven Kolb and the group's president Diane von Furstenberg attend the 2016 CFDA Awards.

CFDA Awards: Red-Carpet Photos

Vera Wang: New York Designer..Ryan Seacrest

The Victoria's Secret Angel in a Prabal Gurung dress.

Martha Hunt
Martha Hunt in a blue Diane von Furstenberg romper. 
Alessandra Ambrosio

                                     Alessandra Ambrosio

Alek Wek

SuperModel Alek Wek

            Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour
Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain in a strapless Prabal Gurung number. 

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton in a Haider Ackermann ensemble.

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie: Cushnie et Ochs designers attend the 2016 CFDA Awards.

Norma Kamali
Norma Kamali
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson in custom Vera Wang.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Designers Costa, Zucchelli out at Calvin Klein! Part 2

Designers Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli are leaving Calvin Klein as part of what the company describes as a global creative strategy to unify all of its brands under one vision.
Costa has been at the New York fashion house for more than a decade and became the women's creative director in 2003. Zucchelli became the men's creative director a year later.
In a company release Tuesday, Calvin Klein, owned by PVH Corp., said the new strategy "comes as part of a global revolution in the direction of the Calvin Klein brand." That began with the reacquisition of its jeans and underwear business in 2013 with its purchase of Warnaco Group. The parent company aims to develop a $10 billion global retail sales business.
There was no immediate word on how the designers will be replaced.
"This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein's brand legacy since Mr. Klein's retirement," Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, said in a statement.

Ciao, Italo: Alexander Fury Considers Italo Zucchelli’s Legacy as He Exits Calvin Klein!