Peter Pilotto Wins Swarovski Award for Design Innovation: Shop 5 of the Best Looks

Peter Pilotto wins Swarovski Award for design innovation. Shop Pilotto’s designs from left: color block stretch wool wide leg pants; Bolt sequin embellished stretch crepe top; Phoenicia lace mini dress; Ostop floral print top; Geo floral print shorts; Gilder dress; paisley print shift dress (all Peter Pilotto)

With the inauguration of the Swarovski Collective Prize, we have an inaugural winner! Claiming the award for innovation in design is Peter Pilotto, the brand known for its swirling prints and bright colors. With the award comes a 25,000 euro prize for Pilotto, and for us, an extra incentive to stock up on the designer’s colorful collection. From psychedelic dresses to pretty floral separates, we can’t think of a better time than spring to bust these beauties out of the closet. A top and trousers will work perfectly in the office, or choose an energetic party dress to go the extra mile. Point is, when designers are awarded for their work, we take it as an investment opportunity. Not that you should be taking financial advice from us… but we’re saying “buy”.

Find Out Who’s Nominated for a CFDA Award

Photo Credit: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the nominees and honorees for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at an event at Rockefeller Center, hosted by CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski. This year’s CFDA Awards, in Collaboration with Swarovski, will be handed out June 1 at the official ceremony to take place at Lincoln Center. Below see the rundown of this year’s nominees and honorees:

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award nominees:

Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Lazaro Hernandez  and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award nominees:

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone

Thom Browne

Tim Coppens

Tom Ford

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award Nominees:

Alexander Wang

Irene Neuwirth

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Tabitha Simmons

The Swarovski Award for Womenswear Nominees:

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School

Rosie Assoulin

Ryan Roche

Swarovski Award for Menswear Nominees:

Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley

Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominees:

Paul Andrew

Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren

Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Meanwhile, the honorary awards will go to a diverse group of fashion luminaries.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the fiercely independent, four-time CFDA Fashion Award winner, goes to Betsey Johnson.

The Media Award, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, the influential journalist who revolutionized fashion reporting during her time at the New York City Herald Tribune, will be given to Instagram.

The Founders Award, given in honor of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert who is widely credited with putting American fashion on the map, will go to Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, Inc.  

The International Award will go to Maria Grazia Chiuriand Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino for their creative contribution to the international fashion stage.

Rodarte and Swarovski Team for a Hypnotic Film Set at the Beach

Everywhere we look it’s fall/winter 2015. There’s an Arctic Blast bursting down on us from the frigid skies, and black ice is something we’re contending with every time we step outside. Who could use a break from all that?

Rodarte teamed with Swarovski for a short film to show the glimmering beauty of Rodarte’s spring 2015 collection (with crystals adorning the gowns by Swarovski.) Set in and around a beach house, this short film by Elle Muliarchy is just the visual xanax we need. Take a minute and enjoy the film below.

Anna Sui, Eugenia Silva, & Whitney Port at the Second Annual WSGN Global Fashion Awards

Last night, fashion elite from across the globe came together for the second Annual WSGN Global Fashion Awards. Honoring everyone from established designers to marketing to teams to design students, the black tie affair was held at breathtaking Gotham Hall in New York City. Sponsored by Swarovski, the Global Fashion Awards have already picked up momentum since their inauguration last year. With over 2,000 submissions from all over the globe, new and established talents alike were reviewed by a panel of 35 influential fashion experts including June Haynes (Senior VP of retail Valentino USA), designer Lisa Ho, Simon Keen (Executive VP of Design, Banana Republic), Dolly Jones (Editor, Vogue.com), and Graeme Fidler & Michael Herz (Creative Directors of Bally).

The night began much like another awards show I attended in April — by interviewing Robert Verdi, who was emceeing this show as well. Robert has been up to a lot since we last spoke. He’s still hosting his radio show, but confessed, “I’m very jealous that I’m not on the Studio 54 Channel.” However, he did get a chance to attend the coveted Studio 54 party this past Wednesday night, and confirmed it was as wild as expected. “It was a fun party. Such a disco. One night only!” Additionally, he’s working on his own accessories and sunglasses line: “I’m launching a jewelry line on November 17th and I’m also launching a sunglasses collection on HSN in February.” We then discussed his amazing spiked Christian Louboutin shoes and how he stalks the hors d’oeuvre trays at parties, of which he said, “I’m a tray chaser. Not a tranny chaser. A tray chaser.” Thanks, Robert, you win the award for Most Outstanding Quote of the Night!

Next I got to chat with Anna Sui, who was presenting an award to Barbara Hulanicki, winner of Outstanding Contribution to Fashion. “I just got back from Toronto from touring for my fragrance and makeup line,” she said. “I just introduced a bedding collection which will launch next year for exclusive accounts and I’m working on my collection for next year.” Where can we find the collection? “I can’t say yet, but it will be for exclusive accounts.” Naturally, Anna travels a lot, so we discussed some of her favorite and most memorable travel experiences: “I work a lot in Asia and Europe, so I travel back and forth a lot to those places, so I like more exotic places [for vacation]. This summer I went to India. I’ve traveled to Egypt and Russia. I just like going to places that are more historic and exotic than just the regular capital cities. At one point I only went to London, Paris and Tokyo and now I like to travel to less expected places.” So what new designers does Anna like? “I’m waiting for the big change. I think [the industry] is changing right now and I think there’s someone who is really going to break through and really knock everyone’s socks off.”

One of the best dressed attendees of the night was Spanish model Eugenia Silva, who graced the room in a muted mint green Gucci dress with asymmetrical sleeves, a Giorgio Armani metal box clutch, and gold Jimmy Choo stilettos. If you thought Eugenia was beautiful externally, she’s also an active philanthropist. “Right now I’m working on the worldwide A.I.D.S fight and a benefit gala on December 1st,” she said. “We are becoming the biggest event in Spain. It’s the third year we’re organizing the event. Last year we got more than 700 thousand dollars. You know, in America, it’s very easy to do, but in Spain it’s very hard, so we’re proud that it’s growing so much. I’m also working to benefit kids in Mexico with Eva Longoria and Antonio Banderas for a gala in Spain. It’s called the Star Light Gala. Last year we got a lot of celebrities to donate money and it all goes to schools for kids in Mexico.” On the modeling end, she works every day and has a blog on Spanish Elle.com. She also dabbles in film: “I have a production company here in New York. My partner is Frida Torresblanco, one of the producers of Pan’s Labyrinth. We’re starting to shoot our first movie in Chile in January. Right now, I’m behind the camera, but you never know.” Given Eugenia is a blogger now, I wanted to know if she was on Twitter: “I don’t want to show too much. I am tweeting. I like it. I think it’s useful but people also get really addicted and also say things they shouldn’t!”

Lastly, I found my way to Whitney Port, who was there to present the Most Influential Designer in Footwear and/or Accessories. Port has launched her own clothing line and is enjoying a successful career in fashion since bursting onto the scene via MTV’s popular reality show The Hills. She wore a stunning floor length cobalt blue Matthew Williamson backless dress paired with Marc Jacobs heels. She accessorized with a crystal encrusted box clutch. In regards to her clothing line, she said, “I just launched my Spring/Summer 2012 line. It’s a lot of florals. Cute, feminine, funky. My favorite piece is an oversized boxy sweater.” And what about having her own accessory line? “Yes, I would love to! That’s definitely something I’d like to do in the future” So how does the jet-setting young designer handle her busy schedule: “I have an amazing support system. I have a big family and great friends who keep in check. I guess I’m a hard worker by nature so I sort of thrive on it and enjoy it.”

With that, we were all ushered into the main ballroom for the awards ceremony, where we were treated to a three course dinner and plenty of wine. Gift bags were stuffed with a We <3 WGSN bag, a Swarovski crystal encrusted flash drive, nail polish by Butter, a giftcard by LDF Floral and Event Design, a Pantone notebook, an Anisa makeup brush, and a copy of Salt Magazine by Swarovski. And like every good award show, charity was present. Trekstock was there to bring awareness to young people with cancer. The charity fundraises through music and fashion to raise awareness and help fund research for youth suffering from cancer. Other sponsors included Lycra, Drapers, TNT, Gerber Technology, Fashion Monitor and World Retail Congress, amongst others.

Net-a-Porter won big, taking home both Best Etailer and the Swarovski Elements Winner of Winners ultimate prize. Breakthrough winners included Michael Cinco and Pretty Green. Favorites like TopShop, H & M,, and Opening Ceremony also won their categories. See the full list of winners and categories here.

What’s in a Wallet?

Pretty much our whole lives! Everything that matters: our driver’s license, money, credit cards, pictures of loved ones. Is it me or are wallets seldom coveted/talked about? It’s kind of ironic. There’s a couple of things I neglect in my wardrobe, number one is my socks. Who cares if they match, no one’s going to see them anyway…I think. Second, is my wallet. I’ve been carrying the same black leather Michael Kors wallet for three years. It’s incredible though, zero wear-and-tear! For that reason, I haven’t been inclined to buy a new one. Also, unlike handbags, it’s a mild hassle to empty out one just to change up the look of an item no one will really see. Despite my MK wallet’s refusal to give up, I went on a hunt for a new one in a market I haven’t examined in years and saw some cute, unique options. At the very least, I figured if I don’t buy one for myself, it could make a great gift for someone else. Everyone can use a wallet! Like this Tory Burch Purple Embossed Continental Wallet, $195.

Juicy Couture Gifting Bow Zip Wallet, $98 image

Loop Nightmare Before Christmas Forbidden Love Hinge Wallet, $18 image

Swarovski Sign Hampton Wallet, $240 image

Swarovski’s Holiday Bling

Swarovski has long been the standard when it comes to crystal jewelry. Simple and elegant, these pieces are great to wear through the holiday season. In lush colors from ruby to emerald to lavender, Swarovski brings a special shine to your look, day or night. Try this Nirvana Emerald Ring, $190, to glam up your next holiday soiree. More blinding sparkle, after the jump.

Intervalle Large Red Bangle, $220. image

Dolce Pierced Earrings, $125. image