Fashion Mafia Pays Tribute to New Garde

The CFDA held its annual awards ceremony in New York last night, honoring a rising generation of fashion power players, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama (who accepted the commendation of Board of Directors’ Special Tribute via satellite). CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg held court, while Tracey Ullman hosted. The latter opened the ceremony with a Keifer Sutherland head-butting joke, which garnered only “weak laughter,” says Fashionologie. It probably didn’t help matters that Jack McCollough, half of the design team behind Proenza Schouler (who won the title of Accessories Designer of the Year) and the recipient of said head-butt post-Costume Gala, was in attendance.

As for the other winners:

Popular Vote Award: Ralph Lauren Menswear Designer of the Year: a tie between Italo Zucchelli (Calvin Klein) and Scott Sternberg (Band of Outsiders) Womenswear Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang Swarovski Award for Menswear: Tim Hamilton Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Alexander Wang Swarovski Award for Accessories: Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry Womenswear Designer of the Year: Rodarte

All in all, there weren’t too many surprises. But the honors awarded do solidify Justin Giunta and Tim Hamilton’s rising stars within the fashion industry, not to mention the fact that Rodarte beat out both Marc Jacobs (a runner-up for Womenswear last year as well) and Narciso Rodriguez shows that the industry is hungry for new blood. Also of note: Alexander Wang’s tux alternative (which included Comme des Garçons shorts and a Helmut Lang tuxedo jacket), an invasion of togas (a trend Kate Moss no doubt helped spearhead with her Costume Gala ensemble), and Jack White in a brown plaid suit (which most likely won’t be spawning a sea of followers).

Fashion Week: Subversive Has No Time for Blogging

There’s a new concept store in town: Kisan, an import by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. The Greene Street boutique packs an especially charming mix of eclectic odds and ends. There’s the cute — designer children’s clothes and an especially attractive (for people of any age) series of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse canvas totes. There’s the quirky — tomes like a Japanese handbook to “Paris Kitchens.” And, of course, the high fashion, which includes garb from Sonia Rykial as well as wares (pictured) from CFDA-approved, NYC-based designer and general jewelry wiz kid Justin Giunta. He was on hand last night, helping ring in the store’s debut with a presentation of the Spring 09 collection for his much-touted accessories line, Subversive Jewelry.

I caught up with Giunta at the store’s Work Architecture Company-designed digs and asked about his current stint guest-blogging for Elle, and the blogs — fashion or otherwise — that he reads regularly. “I’ve never read a blog. I barely read emails,” he said, to my surprise. Never? “Never! I don’t even know what one looks like, so I’ve just been writing anecdotal stories for Elle,” he said. “I don’t shop online; I don’t do anything online,” Giunta continued. “But, once I posted the first one [for Elle] I was into it.” So, has the blog bug bit? Can we expect a Subversive blog sometime soon? “No way. I have too much shit to make.” I don’t doubt it.