How Last Night’s CFDA Award Wins for Pharrell, HBA, and The Row Are Changing Fashion

Kanye West presents Pharrell Williams with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2015 CFDA Awards. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

What does CFDA Awards win for The Row mean for fashion? How about the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award being given to Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, or Pharrell’s recognition as a Fashion Icon?

Obviously the world is changing — has changed — and we’re just further witnessing its acceptance. The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion line, initially perceived as a “celebrity” brand, has again received the highest honor in its category, winning Womenswear Designer of the Year (the first time was in 2012). A media award founded in honor of venerated fashion journalist Eugenia Sheppard was given to a photo sharing app we all use, presented by Kim Kardashian, a reality star who has been accepted by Anna Wintour and the fashion industry as a whole. Pharrell accepted his honor stating, “I’m not a style icon, I’m just inspired.” And at a time when transgender people (the incredible Caitlyn Jenner, anyone?) are in the spotlight, Shayne Oliver’s androgynous design for Hood By Air won the Swarovski Award for Menswear  — yes, trans issues and androgyny are separate, but Oliver’s win is still a testament to widening acceptance of people, design, and visions that may have previously been deemed too “different.” And fortunately, the embrace of different is what fashion is all about these days.

We’re withholding judgment and evening out the playing field. It may not always feel like it, but as a whole we’re becoming more open to the world around us, to being inspired by people we may not have noticed, admired, or turned to before. And that’s a good thing.

Click here to check out the must-see photos from the CFDA Awards, and everything you might have missed from the after party at the Top of the Standard.

Inside the CFDA After Party with Victor Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Jhene Aiko and More

Jenna Lyons, Maxwell Osborne, Prabal Gurung, and Dao Yi Chow at the CFDA After Party. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

January Jones, Janelle Monae, Zackary Quinto, Bella Hadid, Jemima Kirke (and the Fat Jew) showed up to celebrate the exclusive CFDA After Party co hosted by Refinery29 at the Top of the Standard.

After the CFDA Awards it’s the after party — and supper — where winners and stars celebrated fashion’s finest.

Rachel Roy and Britney Snow. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Cynthia Rowley and Harley Viera Newton. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Diane Von Furstenberg. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Janelle Monae and Legendary Damon. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Jhene Aiko, Prabal Gurung, and January Jones. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Jenna Lyons. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Jenna Lyons, Maxwell Osborne, Prabal Gurung, Dao Yi Chow. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Tom Van Dorpe, Miles McMillan, Zackary Quinto, Harley Viera-Newton, Richard Chai and Gigi Hadid. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Victor Cruz with Ovadia & Sons. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Gigi Hadid (and Bella Hadid). Photo: Billy Farrell/

Esteban Cortazar and  Hanne Gaby Odiele. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Jemima Kirke and Zackary Quinto. Photo: Billy Farrell/

June Ambrose. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Mickey Drexler, Karlie Kloss and Casey Neistat. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom and The Fat Jew. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Daria Strokous and Natasha Poly. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Maxwell Osborne and Misha Nonoo. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Jason Wu and Nadja Swarovski. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Maxwell Osborne and Binx Walton. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

Joan Smalls and Victor Cruz. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

Karen Elson, Tabitha Simmons and Jessica Hart. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

Taraji P. Henson and Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

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/

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/

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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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.

Everything You Could Ever Possibly Want to Know About Tonight’s CFDA Awards

In case you didn’t know, tonight is the CFDA Awards aka the Fashion Oscars aka the only other ceremony that both big-name celebrities and fashion influencers gather for besides the Met Gala. There won’t be a livestream for this one, but you can feverishly follow #CFDAAwards on Twitter and Instagram for tons of behind-the-scenes coverage right this second. You can also catch an exclusive broadcast of the goings-on tomorrow morning on Read on for the who, what, how of this year’s festivities after the jump.

Host: Andy Cohen of the Bravo Network.
Presenters: Ralph Lauren to Vera Wang for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Awards, Jessica Chastain to Riccardo Tisci for the International Award, Linda Evangelista to Tim Blank for the Media Award and Hillary Clinton (yup) to Oscar de la Renta for the Founders Awards. Kerry Washington of Django: Unchained will present the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. 
Nominees: Click here for the full list. Highlights include Thom Browne for Menswear, Cushnie et Ochs for Swarovski’s Womenswear award, Phillip Lim for Accessories and Proenza Schouler for Womenswear.
Official bloggers: Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller and Erin Kleinberg, Jake Rosenberg and Stephanie Mark of The Coveteur.
Official journal: Here, shot by Peter Lindbergh.
Official Tweeter: Trova the CFDA Awards statue (really), which you can follow here.

Lady Gaga has Earned Her CFDA Fashion Icon Award

Tonight, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will honor a few of the nation’s greatest designers at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards. Winners include notables like Alexander Wang (Womenswear Designer of the Year) and Marc Jacobs (Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award). But Lady Gaga—who will be presented with the Fashion Icon Award—is already drawing the most attention and scrutiny for her honor. Does she deserve it? (The award, not the scrutiny).

Past winners include Iman, Kate Moss, and Sarah Jessica Parker, all renowned for their style. And while Lady Gaga breaks the mold in terms of clothing choices, fashionistas are still wondering whether or not she should be labeled an “icon.” The debates are raging.

No one can deny Gagas influence on the fashion world. Everything she sports inspires a stream of criticism, praise, and wonder, until the next thing she wears repeats the cycle. But do her clothes actually influence the day-to-day fashion choices of women around the world? It’s safe to say that no, no they don’t. Most people don’t take literal inspiration from Gaga, but her muppet-covered, meat-clad, pant-less ways have challenged and inspired other artists to be just as bold in their fashion choices.

She’s heightened awareness of her favorite designers, who are celebrated for their outrageous and impractical designs. And for every event that Lady Gaga attends, viewers anticipate her arrival more than anyone else’s. Why? So we can gawk and stare at every inch of her body in an attempt to understand the effort and imagination that went into its conception and execution. That type of attention is what makes Gaga worthy of being honored as a fashion icon. There, we said it!