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.

Insta-Critic: Proenza Schouler’s Punk Carnival

Photo: @proenzaschouler on Instagram

Proenza Schouler’s collection managed to be at once entirely original while still calling to mind some references to 90’s grunge and a bit of punk–the moodiness of a mostly red and black color palette, the updated fishnets–but still felt true to Proenza Schouler. The off-the-shoulder tops, high-slit pleated skirts, and proportions were all now, identifiable, and distinctively true to the brand’s aesthetic. The last series of looks looked made for a carnival–grommets everywhere, more saturated cherry-reds, and waist belts of dramatic fringe.

On the runway at #ProenzaSchouler. #nyfw

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Off-the-shoulder at Proenza Schouler.







Always the loveliest to see @liyakebede on the runway. @proenzaschouler

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Liya Kebede takes the runway.

Unbelievable details in the @proenzaschouler finale looks tonight.

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Those tights!

30 Things to Bundle Up in When it “Feels Like -8”

Photo: Adeline Mai

1. First things first, you need the most legit of legit coats.

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Canada Goose 

2. Aren’t you dreaming of these in your pockets today just looking at ’em?

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Adrienne Landau Fur Mittens 

3. For days like today, when literally, you just can’t

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Chinti and Parker Cashmere Jumpsuit

4. These Point Sur jeans at J.Crew have it all, the perfect cut, the perfect cuff, and, um…cashmere.

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Point Sur Jeans

5. Because if you don’t layer, you will regret it.

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Uniqlo Heattech Crew Neck

6. The classic boot whether you’re traipsing through NYC or through snowy streets in Park City.

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Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Boot

7. You’re gonna want to stock up on socks like these because nothing sucks like rummaging around for them in the morning while your body temperature drops rapidly.

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Chup for J.Crew socks

8. Looks like a classic Chelsea; really has shearling inside.

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Vince Leather Bootie with Shearling Lining

9. For the days, you want or need to brave it in a dress/skirt…If you’re gonna wear tights, get them with fleece lining.

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Fleece Tights, H & M

10. The coat of every girl’s dreams. Or mine. But I think everyone’s. Oh man, I think leaving the house in the morning (current temperatures and all) would be a totally different ballgame in this baby.

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Acne Shearling Jacket 

11. A hat is an opportunity. Go big or go home. The fluffier, the furrier, the better. And it’s still a practical item.

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Club Monaco Shearling Hat 

12. In case you’re not willing to sacrifice the use of your fingers, these Acne gloves just have every detail on point, down to the circle zipper pull.


Acne Leather Gloves

13. OK–one more hat. Because a fur pom pom is irresistible and fleece lining is just cozy.

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Gorsuch Knit Hat

14. Corduroys are a nice change of pace every now and then. Corduroys with extra-special-warming Uniqlo heattech technology are a no-brainer.

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Uniqlo Heattech Cords

15. Turtlenecks are in and this one’s simple rib-stitch with a longer side hem is perfect for well, everyday wear.

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J.Crew Rib-Stitch Turtleneck

16. Anything slim with a flare makes me think of Rachel Zoe. Ba-na-nas. Which these would be with a great wedge boot.


Maje Wool Trousers

17. Some days, one jacket isn’t enough. Here’s one for under your other one. It’s cold like that.

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Madewell Quilted Bomber Jacket

18. Sweatpants + cashmere= a match made in heaven.

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J.Crew Collection Cashmere Sweatpants

19. They say you should picture three ways you could style a piece before wearing it. With this sweater, I could imagine literally hundreds.

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Michael Kors Hooded Cashmere Sweater

20. This snow leopard-esque pattern is chic and sure to go with more than one outerwear option.


The Kooples Mohair Scarf

21. All the coziness of a flannel, but on your legs!

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Band of Outsiders flannel trousers

22. Even the dreariest days need a dash of color and, obviously, fur.

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Topshop Pink Sheepskin Stole 

23. A scarf/shawl hybrid in the prettiest of colors. The kind of piece that instantly elevates any look.

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Coach Merino Scarf

24. For days when the cold isn’t stopping you from looking elegant.

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Paul & Joe wool wideleg trousers

25. …And for days when you so don’t want to get out of bed that the only solution is to bring a ‘blanket’ to work.

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Topshop Patterned Cape

26. The essence of smart dressing on a cold day is layers. We are not messing around when it comes to our undergarments and we mean this in the least sexy way possible.


LL Bean Silk Long Underwear

27. Literally you cannot have enough sweaters. This time of year, this is what I wear. Every. Single. Day. Jeans + Sweater + Boots. End of outfit. This sweater might mean not even changing tops day-to-day.

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Proenza Schouler Colorblock Sweater

28. And this goes under the above.


LL Bean Women’s Silk Undershirt

29. The cold can also trigger an urge to turn to the classics.

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Aran Fisherman Knit Turtleneck

30. This burgundy color always feel appropriate for a blustery day, and the thermal texturing gives off even more winter vibes.

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Elizabeth and James Thermal Sweater

Additional market research contributed by Clay Sacco

Chic Proenza Schouler Pieces We Want On Our Ears

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Given the jarring temperature drops we’re currently experiencing, there’s nothing more enticing than the idea of keeping our ears warm in the wind and looking stylish while doing so. What perfect timing, then, for Proenza Schouler to hook up with Master & Dynamic for an interestingly designed and beautiful collaboration set of premium headphones.

This is the first time Master & Dynamic have taken the designer collab route, and likewise the first time Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schoulder have worked on designing headphones.

Jack, Laz, Master & Dynamic are calling the headphones “modern day thinking caps;” given the premium leather, polished metals, and limited quantity (just 200 pairs) we’re thinking of them as lust-worthy design pieces, too.

The Proenza Schouler x Master & Dynamic heapdhones are available now for $495 each. Get your own pair (or warm up the heart and ears of someone you love) here.



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.

Fashion Label Pronunciation, Two Ways

If you don’t know your Proenza Shooler from your Proenza Skooler (and by the way, Jack and Lazaro are very aware of your mistake), there’s a nifty little channel on YouTube called Pronunciation Book that clearly explains exactly how you should say a slew of designer names, including PS, in public. This knowledge alone will help you big time during fashion week, especially when a fashion snob asks you what runway shows you’re looking forward to seeing. On the flip side, you can amuse yourself and make said snob’s head spin by intentionally pronouncing the designer’s name very, very wrong. Enter Pronunciation Manual.

Meant to spoof Pronunciation Book’s straight-faced approach to articulation, Pronunciation Manual teaches you how to incorrectly pronounce fashion labels in a hilarious way. Anyone that utilizes the guide this weekend and tells someone that their favorite designer is "Princess Choo-o-lo" is our personal hero.

Natasha Poly Plays Betty Page in Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

More model news: Proenza Schouler has just released their spring 2012 ad campaign, and it stars Russian supermodel Natasha Poly looking fierce in a series of vintage-inspired images. The ads feature Poly in select looks from the PS runway, posing in the style of Betty Page as she sits on, stands over, and sometimes straddles a single chair in a spotlit room. 

Standout images include Poly looking over her shoulder in this tropical number, a classic calendar girl moment in this bandeau and high-waist pencil skirt, and, of course, the aforementioned chair straddle in these wedge sandals. See the full campaign here.

Spring can’t come soon enough. 

FashionFeed: Fashion’s Night Out Date Confirmed, Model Rosie Huntington-Whitely Returns

● After attempting that silly thing called acting, model Rosie Huntington-Whitely returned to her day job for Sao Paulo Fashion Week. [Fashionista]

● Despite last year’s chaos, Fashion’s Night Out will return on September 6. [The Cut]

● Proenza Schouler is showing their Harmony Korine-directed fashion films at the Guggenheim tomorrow. [Style]

● Behold an ariel shot of Gisele Bundchen’s freshly-built $20 million McMansion located in a California canyon. [Styleite]

● Chanel’s couture show next week at the Grand Palais in Paris will have "extremely limited seating. [The Cut]

● Peep some inspiring photos from the Madewell design team’s recent field trip through the Wild West. [R29]

Calling Jimmy Choo a Cobbler, and Other Famous Fashion Feuds

Thanks to an extraordinarily forthcoming Tamara Mellon (formerly of Jimmy Choo, currently anti Jimmy Choo,) the word on the street is that the man for which the shoes were named never actually designed anything. Now, Mellon has publicly called him a “cobbler”. (Burn!) Mellon, who departed Jimmy Choo to focus on her own brand, continues to air her dirty laundry for our horrified amusement (in interviews, a book, and excerpts published everywhere.) So what other fashion feuds gathered us in the schoolyard to watch?

But a year ago, respected fashion writer Cathy Horyn disrespected Oscar de la Renta in her review of his spring 2013 collection, calling de la Renta a “hotdog,” (in the surfer lingo sense of the word, meaning a showman, obviously.) A seething ODLR retorted with a full-page ad in WWD, calling Horyn a “stale, 3-day old hamburger.” The two have sort of since made up.

That time Keifer Sutherland head butted Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough at the Met Ball in 2009, breaking the designer’s nose. McCollough was supposedly defending the honor of Brooke Shields, who Sutherland had bumped into. Let’s assume Sutherland will never attend one of Proenza Schouler’s shows.

Hedi Slimane versus everyone ever. A few of his grievances include: making sure Cathy Horyn wasn’t invited to his debut show at YSL Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent because of comments she made in 2004, and cutting ties with retailer Colette (and losing hundreds of thousands of wholesale business for one season alone) over those AIN’T LAURENT without Yves tees. More to come, probably. 

Nicolas Ghesquière v. Balenciaga. When the designer left his post at Balenciaga, he broke his contracts by speaking ill in an interview with System magazine. Now the house is seeking about $7 million in damages. But who knows, maybe we’ll see him turn up at Louis Vuitton, and this will all be history.