CFDA Awards – Who Will Win Tonight?

Looks from Womenswear Design Award nominees Marc Jacobs and Altuzarra, photographed by Barnaby Roper at ROOT Studios, styled by Brian Molloy with creative direction by Laird + Partners for the 2015 CFDA Journal.

Who’s your favorite to win the CFDA Awards at tonight’s ceremony? With stars like Taraji P. Henson and Joshua Jackson presenting, you can bet nominees like Marc Jacobs and Ryan Roche are extra excited to find out.

After months of nail biting, tonight the winners of the 2015 CFDA Awards will be revealed — by star presenters Taraji P. Henson and Amanda Seyfried announcing womenswear, and stylish couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson presenting menswear . Click here for a full refresher on everyone who was nominated for a CFDA Award.

We can expect to see Betsey Johnson and her famous cartwheel on the stage as she receives the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Instagram‘s Kevin Systrom will accept the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award on his app’s behalf; and Pharrell Williams will take to the stage to receive the Fashion Icon Award.

For Womenswear, we have some all-American greats:












The nominees for menswear are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, Tom Ford, and David Neville and Marcus Wainright for Rag & Bone.

But enough about the tried and true — for the up and comers, the ones to watch, we’re looking at Rosie Assoulin, Public School, and Ryan Roche as the nominees for Swarosvki Award for Design for Womenswear. For the Swarovski Award for Design for Menswear, it’s Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air, Samantha, Matthew and Alex Orley for Orley, and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons. For the Swarovski Award for Design for Accessories, Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel are nominated.

Need a refresher on the nominees? Watch a Skype interview with Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne here, and read a profile of Ryan Roche from the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook here.

Watch the CFDA Awards live here tonight — and check back at for a full red carpet report in the morning.

All photographs by Barnaby Roper at ROOT Studios, styled by Brian Molloy with creative direction by Laird + Partners for the 2015 CFDA Journal.

Get Gorgeous Lashes and the Perfect Pink Pout as Seen at Altuzarra

The beauty look at Altuzarra for spring 2015 is hyper feminine and pretty — there’s nothing that shouts girl! quite as sweetly as doll-length lashes and pouty pink lips. Makeup artist Dana Rae spills everything you need to know to get the look.

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
An eyelash curler
False lashes (we like these) and eyelash glue
Nail scissors
MAC Haute & Naughty mascara
MAC Trend Forecast Spring 15 Lip and Cheek Palette

The Steps

1. Curl eyelashes, holding at the bottom and then the center of lashes for about 7 seconds each.

2. Prep the lashes by using the nail scissors to cut the edges away, and keep about a 1/2 inch in the middle of the strip and apply to the center of the top lash line with lash glue.

3. Bottom lashes get a light Haute & Naughty mascara treatment, concentrating only on the bottom middle lashes. Leave the top lashes bare.

4. Make a mix using the lip/cheek palette for a pink that suits your skin tone, and apply with your fingers to the apples of the cheeks, blending in well. Dab onto the lips, adding more on to bump up the color to your preference.

It’s like spring come early!

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo
Models: Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse)

Sandra wears the 14K Yellow Infinite Hook earring by Gabriela Artigas and scarf by CG.

Our 6 Fave Moments from #NYFW Day 1: Normcore Shoes, Babies, and Food

via @zanabayne on Instagram

Today marked the official first day of NYFW (although ask industry folk and they will surely tell you it doesn’t feel that way!) Traffic is insane, heels are on (for some unknown reason), and we thought for a moment that #NYFW broke Instagram this evening, though it might have been our collective imaginations. There’s so much to be seen; it’s an overwhelming but fabulous sensory experience.

Sara: Since we’re at different shows and didn’t get to see each other all day, we’re gonna catch up right here, right now.

(P.S. you can follow us through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro and @sarajanenyc. And of course, @blackbookmag.)

Alyssa: Forget what you said about heels. I’m sticking to flats this season. Starting off on the right foot, baby. But yes, #NYFW definitely did break Instagram for a minute.

Sara: I wore flat sandals today and while I resented feeling underdressed at times, I was also like “dudes, are you watching the runways?” because it’s allllll about flats.

Alyssa: So true. I’ve seen a few heels, but from the Chinatown sandals and normcore white sneakers at Sandy Liang to the dressed-up flat sandals at Chadwick Bell, I have no qualms about throwing on some AF1s this week. And I’m sure my chiropractor is thrilled.

Sara: Chiropractor shoutout! Okay, let’s jump right in. My fave moment of the whole day: Michael Maccari showed his first collection for Perry Ellis–a parade of strikingly beautiful #VERYPERRY guys in tailored pastels and graphic patterns “inspired by the lines and grids of the city. But the highlight was absolutely when Maccari came out to a huge round of applause, walked down the runway and gave his mum a big hug and kiss! Strangely, I’m not sure everyone else found this quite as amazing as I did and so on my way out I said “congratulations,” to this very smiley woman I do not know, and she took my hand (!) to thank me and then we chatted about how proud of her she was. Heartwarming fashion moment — check!

Alyssa: I love family moments. Today at Zana Bayne, the finale look featured a baby. Yup, the model teetered out in some big gal shoes (ok so not everyone is doing flats) carrying perhaps the chillest baby ever, given all the lights and people and that he didn’t cry once. Actually, about halfway through his turn on the catwalk, he gave a wave. And every single person at Milk Studios cooed, “awwww!” at the same time. Proof that we are all a little baby crazy.

Sara: I would have died. I have a real problem with how much I love babies. I’m that person like “ooh-ing” on the sidewalk.

Alyssa: You have no idea.

Sara: Oh, another fun surprise: I thought they only existed in myths but alas! Creatures of Comfort provided showgoers with little goody bags containing nail polish, hair spray, and much-needed granola bars. Honestly, I don’t think anyone even cared about the nail polish though. I literally nibbled on a bite sized Larabar like it was Manna from heaven. Feeding the tired and often malnourished editors as they jet from show to show is always a win!


Alyssa: I can’t tell you how much I ate at the Gareth Pugh presentation after not having a proper meal today. I actually staked out in front of where the cater waiters entered and basically stole all the food.

Sara: Food is the way to my heart. Enough of these pin-sized appetizers on toothpicks, I’m ready for a presentation with straight up sandwiches. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind foot massages!

Before we hit the hay (if that happens) will you catch me up on ALTUZARRA FOR TARGET? #FOMO

Alyssa: Haha. No sleep for the wicked. The funhouse situation was pretty cool. I haven’t had any champagne yet this week but it sure felt like I had once I stepped inside. I didn’t brave the boutique set up in the party, but I’m looking forward to shopping the collection when it hits Net-a-Porter and Target stores on September 14.

And that brings my #selfie count to 1 so far this NYFW. Until tomorrow, dear readers! And you, too, Sara.

Sara: Night <3

Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

BermudaTriangleBermuda Triangle 

Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

BlackWhiteCompare and Contrast

Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

CowgirlsIndiansCowgirls and Indians

Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

PleatsPleasePleats and Thanks

Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

sizemattersSize Matters

Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Altuzarra, and Calvin Klein: A Look at Pre-Fall 2014

Ah, finally a show season where the clothes match the weather..! The Pre-Fall 2014 collections are well on their way and a few trends are beginning to emerge from all the leather, fur and cashmere.

Calvin Klein, Altuzarra and Thakoon Addition all gave us interpretations of comfort.

Calvin Klein was unmistakably cozy with floor skimming knit dresses, chunky knits cinched with delicate strands of yarn and double-breasted coats, all in shades of gray. Models wore pony-hair slippers and fur mules that had us deeply reconsidering our stilettoes.  The collection stayed languid and elegant as it progressed into a pair of crepe georgette sleeveless dresses and an ombré sequin and chiffon evening dress.


Joseph Altuzarra’s collection was easy and comfortable without losing anything in the way of elegance and structure.  The designer reimagined a few of his signature looks from the past, giving his side-slit skirt a new A-line shape and his sweater-shirt hybrids new fabrics and cuts. Interjecting a touch of playfulness, the designer stamped the French phrase “Sapeurs-pompiers” across sweaters and mismatched differing cotton plaids. The effect was sophisticated and seemingly effortless.


Thakoon Addition gave us comfort in the way of oversized scarfs, knit ponchos, fringe adorned skirts and knit herringbone leggings. Harkening back to the nineties he mixed dark florals with geometric plaids. In customary Addition fashion there were lots of layers to dissect; wrap skirts layered over cigarette pants and oversized oxford shirts beneath boxy sweaters. A distinctly autumn feel united an otherwise loosely themed collection.


Fendi and Alexander Wang got in touch with their masculine sides, toughening up their collections with menswear-inspired details.

Fendi came back down to earth after a very ethereal spring collection. Fall was tougher, heftier and more solid. There was an artsy motif employed through out the collection, evoked by dyed furs and brushstroke prints. The proportions were oversized and the silhouettes solid. As for the most interesting detail of the collection? Models wore fuzzy knee socks reminiscent of the satyrs from Greek Legend.


Alexander Wang took a less organic approach to masculinity evoking the white-collar, urban understanding of menswear emphasizing suits, button downs and overcoats. Wang’s collection explored the duality of things coming together and things falling apart. Deterioration seemed to be the more prominent of the two, with boxy white shirts that appeared “moth eaten” and cashmere sweaters that seemed to be peeling apart. He also channeled western elements in the way of over the knee cowboy boots and strips of fringe. The whole collection seemed to be a bit of a commentary on the decline of the American dream.


Comfy, Sexy, Cool: The Relaxed Attitude of #NYFW

Referencing the ‘90s in shape, plaid, and attitude, many of the spring collections shown in New York carried the torch for those simpler times. The casual quality was pervasive through athletic wear and tissue thin cardigans, spaghetti strap slip dresses and mostly-unbuttoned men’s sleep shirts. The attitude was present, as well, in the way it was all worn. The way Liv Tyler looked in Empire Records is how we all want to feel when dressing next season, albeit more sophisticated, as we’ve appropriately (sometimes) wizened with age.  


The crop tops are there, but it’s about more than that. At Altuzarra, models were sent down the runway dressed totally déshabillé, with skirts slit up to there, and shirts unbuttoned to the navel, which impressively managed to be un-reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez in Versace, if you can believe. Tailoring and opaque fabrics may have had something to do with that.


Alexander Wang showed similar skin but oppositely; his girls wore pajama shirts unbuttoned Cholo-style, with only the buttons at the top secured, and paired with what else but boxer shorts.


Nolan Bellavance made sure his models were covered – nothing a breeze could deconstruct. But one look featured a robe-like jacket, questionably appropriate for outdoor wear – though as a fan, I’ll be testing its limits on the streets.

Photo by Rodin Banica

Coupled with comfortable shoes and decidedly undone hair (bedhead, roll-in-the-hay-esque, straight from the shower wet – take your pick,) for spring the aim is to be comfortably, sexy, cool. In the offerings presented to us last week in New York, feeling, looking, and being comfortable and sexy will be anything but a struggle.  

Breaking it Down: The Spring Trends from #NYFW

It took eight full days for New York Fashion Week to sweep us into spring submission, now the only thing we want to pull out of our closets are the shoes and fabrics of tomorrow – or was it of yesterday? The ‘90s were a big influence on the collections. So what cropped up over and over (aside from crop tops)?

Gleaming lamé made an appearance or three. At Proenza Schouler, pleated skirts revealed the shiny silver and gold materials interspersed between black, white, and the palest cream. 



Joseph Altuzarra cut liquid skirts and dresses out of lamé as well, and slits up-to-there allowed the fabric to flow as it pleased.


One of the Thakoon dresses had lamé thread and flower appliques strewn over the whole number.


Lamé wasn’t the only thing shining on the runways; other sparkling threads made appearances as well: at Richard Chai, light-catching navy paillettes had a similar effect. Wes Gordon did it with a silver skirt that looked like blown up and loosely woven chainmail.


Suno embroidered its African collection with gold thread.



It’s probably because we all just want to look cool that designers are re-upping the bomber jacket. The jackets appear in collections from Jonathan Simkhai, Richard Chai, Victoria Beckham and Peter Som… the list goes on.

Jonathan Simkhai


Ginghams, plaids, and checks of all colors and sizes graced the runways, too, harkening again to the good old ‘90s. In watercolors, blown up just shy of recognition, and as delicate graph paper pattern, Tess Giberson, Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Suno, and Araks all took part. 

Derek Lam

Fashion Week: The Collections from Saturday

The weather this week has been ideal for walking between shows, many of which were situated on Manhattan’s west side.

At Kanye West approved Louise Goldin, athletic gear reigned, though in less literal terms than the clothes shown at Rag & Bone. Still, black and white athletic shorts and a grey tennis dress told that part of the story clearly. Dusty pink and turquoise – California sunset colors – dotted the rest of the collection. As we decline ever so comfortably into a more casual civilization, at least our choices of athletic wear are made to be appropriate for the street.

Alexander Wang’s logomania took hold with the help of technical fabric innovations that weren’t prevalent when the trend first reared its head in the ‘90s. Laser cut leather showcased the designer’s name in repetition on almost every single look in the latter part of the collection, creating a sort of streetwise lace. Though Wang has committed to Balenciaga, this collection was to show us, his dedicated fans, that he has not decamped from downtown cool in his eponymous line.

photo via @fashionlovebox

Every bit of fabric in the Tibi spring collection flowed beautifully around the body without ever becoming so clingy as to be suggestive, the result of which perhaps had to do with the natural materials used in the collection. From leather, silk, and breezy mesh, modern, minimal, feminine shapes emerged. The embellished shoes, a continuation of the Birkenstock reinvigoration ignited by Celine last season, looked comfortable and covetable. Considering midriffs, logomania, tearaways and Birkenstocks, it seems we’re all longing for the simpler ‘90s in some way. The collection pieces all looked sublimely easy to wear, as if any girl with preference for any style could find a piece from Tibi to love.


At Altuzarra, liquid gold and silver, or fabric that gave the impression of melted gilding, flowed and poured ethereally over models Maria Bradley, Josephine Le Tutour, and Sasha Luss. The skirts, paired with ultra fine Henley tees, communicated the ease with which Joseph Altuzarra meant the collection to be worn. Luscious materials paired with slight disarray create the perfect combination for a commanding, sensual presence, all the while leaving the wearer extremely comfortable in her garb.

Meanwhile, at Milk, a frenzy of presentations took place. The room that held CFDA Incubator designer Jonathan Simkhai was packed tight; it took some deft navigation to catch a glimpse of the clothes. Once settled in front of the models, visions of perforated leather bombers, easy leather skorts (more evidence the ‘90s are back,) and athletic-inspired shapes (again) unfolded.

New(ish)comer Bellavance seems to understand simple and light layering. A robe-like and weightless jacket floated briefly as the model walked by, creating again the sense that we’d like to wear our indoor clothes out, so make them comfortable and chic, please.


With almost half of fashion week behind us, there’s still a lot more to see. Keep up with us and go to for more.

Main photo: Altuzarra