20 Must See Photos + CFDA Awards Winners

Kim Kardashian West wears custom Proenza Schouler with designers Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

From Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to Pharrell Williams, the CFDA Awards winners and all the must see photos of the night.

The CFDA Awards — fashion’s Oscars for honoring the best designers and figures in the industry, and, of course, a chance for celebs to pull out all the sartorial stops. A pregnant Kim Kardashian wore sheer, presenter Amanda Seyfried wore a glorious sequined Rodarte number, Pharrell wore a normal-sized hat, Taraji P. Henson looked red hot in Vera Wang, designer Betsey Johnson performed her signature split on the red carpet, and The Fat Jew even showed up, rosé in hand.

Here’s who won:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Fashion Icon Award: Pharrell Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson

Media Award: Instagram

International Prize: Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

See all the greatest looks and photos of the night here:

Betsey Johnson and Pharrell Williams after Williams accepted the Fashion Icon Award.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen with presenter Amanda Seyfried after accepting the award for Womenswear for The Row2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation
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Pharrell and Kanye West2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation
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Amanda Seyfried in a stunning, sparkling Rodarte creation.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Dang, Gigi! Gigi Hadid in a gold jumpsuit — perfection.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Winners Walk
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Model Imaan Hammam looking gorgeous in Creatures of the Wind.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez flank a newly pregnant Kim Kardashian West, wearing a custom dress by the designers.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson gives a wave, wearing a custom Vera Wang gown.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Taraji P. Henson giving Alexander Wang an enthusiastic hello.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Menswear designer of the year Tom Ford.
2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Posh Spice Victoria Beckham
2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg with Bill Cunningham at the 2015 CFDA Awards. 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Betsey Johnson shows off her signature split — post cartwheel — on the red carpet.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Stunning Coco Rocha glows in custom Banana Republic by Marissa Webb.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Emmy Rossum in Dion Lee.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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The Fat Jew, at the CFDA Awards for some inexplicable reason (though surely to the delight of many).2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Juliette Lewis in a white, feathery ball skirt courtesy of Christian Siriano.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Karlie Kloss looking gorgeous in DVF.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Tinashe wearing  Public School very very well.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Every Week is Fashion Week: Fashion News You Need to Know

Heading to cocktails at Omar’s tonight? Before ordering a glass of Veuve, brush up on the recent happenings in the world of fashion.  

Did you buy that backpack because The Man Repeller told you to? The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Holmes discovers that The New Style Influencers Are Digital:  

With an influencer campaign, return on investment is easy to measure. Using a trackable link embedded in a blog post, brands can judge referring traffic and in some cases sales, says Amy Rapawy, Jones Group senior vice president of marketing for contemporary brands. With content created for a social site like Instagram, a brand can compare likes and comments with e-commerce traffic for the same period.

Bill Cunningham shows us that the colors aren’t fading as the leaves turn for fall in Sunset, his latest photos for The New York Times:

Joyous sunflower colors were a favorite of many women during Fashion Week, on shoes and print dresses.

There’s trouble in Sicilian paradise. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s legal troubles have crept up around their necks. The court case’s latest updates from Luisa Zargani of WWD:

Brambilla wrote that she believes the designers were “certainly” aware of the fact, as they had sold their brands to Gado and “evidently knew its structure and purposes, as it is certainly not believable that the designers had given up control of the actual ownership of the brands.

Have you visited Prada, Marfa yet? The legal reason you may be out of time, from The Fashion Law:

The store is never open and is intended to never be repaired, allowing it to slowly degrade back into the natural landscape – the point of the installation. As of this week, Prada Marfa might meet its end sooner than expected. 

Tamara Mellon’s side of the Jimmy Choo conflict, explained in They’re MY Choos for The Daily Mail:

It became clear that money ‘flying out of the store’ was the least of our worries. I was facing up to the harsh realisation that Jimmy was not going to be the creative partner I’d hoped for.  Producing shoes for his couture clients was all he cared about and all he did.

‘Bill Cunningham New York’ is a Must See Documentary

On a night when air-conditioning, popcorn, a comfortable seat, and virtually anything on screen would do, I saw something wonderful. The 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York completely enthralled me. The movie celebrates the mythical chronicler of fashion, who’s more comfortable eating at the Stage Deli than at a banquet. At one point in the film, Mr. Cunningham—who I suspect would much rather be called “Bill”—is seen trying to get into a Paris fashion show, but he has no luck with the guest list person. A gentleman connected to the affair spies Bill and tells the gal to let him in, describing him as “the most important person in the world.”

As you watch the film, the exaggeration seems smaller as Bill’s life work is nothing less than the story of fashion coverage from the mid 20th century to today. Over the decades I’ve seen Bill at work at the shows and on the street. He brilliantly captures trends. The fashion of the street, whether created by an individual or designed by a “designer” and interpreted by one of us humans, is his meat and potatoes. He also works the galas, charity events, opening nights and is so “in” that according to David Rockefeller, Brooke Astor invited him to her 100th birthday, as the lone media representative. To call him “media” might be a bit insulting though, as he is much more of a creative force, an artist. He seems loved by all.

At various times in the film, downtown personalities and trendsetters are seen in a flash. I think I even spotted a photo of my dear friend Alejandro who passed in the ‘80s. Alejandro and his partner Pedro are seen posing all done up as they always were. Glimpses of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s life and today’s world are collaged with Warhol, Yves St. Laurent and so many others who pushed our edge. Patrick McDonald (self-described “Dandy”) and Kenny Kenny are shown in all their importance. Details founder Annie Flanders, who hosted Bill’s work before his stint at the Times, joins Paper guru Kim Hastreiter in explaining to all the importance of Bill’s vision. Meanwhile, Bill talks about celebrating those who push the edge, those who will not accept a cookie cutter lifestyle and the way fashion defines our culture.

I haven’t been going out very much to Kenny Kenny’s parties or Lady Fag’s or Susanne Bartsch’s affairs. I can’t imagine why not. My edge has been sought in places where the edge has mostly been outlawed. Nightlife has become so safe, so sanitized, so unfashionable for the most part. I’m invited to so many mediocre affairs and I go and look for something cool or uncool about them. There are still people out there trying to do it right and they will see more of me for better or worse. I’ve just got to figure out what to wear. Bill Cunningham may indeed be one of the most important people on earth and—okay, sure I’m not talking about politicians, or moguls, or generals and stuff. I’m talking about us humans walking the streets of New York. He is surely one of the most irreplaceable persons on earth. Who else possesses his energy, his eye, his grace, his vision? The movie is being shown at Village Cinema East, you know that gorgeous theater on 11th Street and Second Avenue, where discarded or past-their-prime new releases get a second look, an extended stay, or last chance. I’ve meant to see this film for a year now, only to be distracted by DJs or can’t miss events. I’m telling you to go tonight if you haven’t seen it. The popcorn is wonderful and the air-conditioning is sweet. The snoring gentleman in the back row adds to the experience. The 13 dollar ticket will remind you of a less corporate time as the theatre, the ambiance, and the film will help you escape to a better place, an edgier world… a world seen through the camera lens of Bill Cunningham.

‘Bill Cunningham New York’ Reveals Bill Cunningham

Early on in director Richard Press’ new documentary Bill Cunningham New York, we see the title character seated at his desk at the New York Times, phone-to-ear, inquiring as to the whereabouts of a film roll. “Hi. This is the guy that comes on a bicycle,” Cunningham says. “You’re developing some film for me?” That the lensman neither identifies himself by name nor employer speaks volumes, particularly given his vaunted place in the world of street style photography–a realm he’s inhabited for over 40 years now.

Part of the MoMA-sponsored New Directors/New Films festival at Lincoln Center, the doc sheds light on the unlikely man-about-town and workaholic shutterbug behind the Times’ “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” columns. Until now, little was known about the ubiquitous, intensely private Cunningham, easily identified by his omnipresent blue smock and Schwinn bicycle. We learn of his frugality (ponchos worn in inclement weather are fixed with masking taped, not replaced) living quarters (an artist’s studio in Carnegie Hall) and insistence upon always keeping an objective distance (he never eats, drinks or socializes with the party guests he shoots).

Indeed, the idea of remove recurs throughout the film. Cunningham’s behavior ranges from idiosyncratic to anti-conformist, having become a milliner in the early ’50s against his parents’ wishes; claiming never to have had a romantic relationship; refusing to accept payment for the assignments he was given in return for more creative control; living monastically in a cramped apartment amongst a sea of filing cabinets.

Given his myriad quirks, Cunningham makes for a compelling film subject–a role in which he admittedly does not revel. Despite the interest and accolades, Cunningham is earnest in his refusal to think of himself or his work as being in any way remarkable. He sums up his simple, point-and-shoot approach at the 2008 ceremony in which he received the Legion d’Honneur from France’s Minister of Culture: “He who seeks beauty,” he tells his audience, “will find it.”