Recap: 2008 CFDA Awards


Last night the 26th CFDA Awards were held at the New York Public Library, MC'd by Fran Lebowitz and hosted by CFDA chairman Diane Von Furstenberg, who, like many attendees, wore YSL in tribute to the late designer. The big winners? Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa was presented the award for womenswear by Maggie Gyllenhaal (in Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's Proenza Schouler), Victoria Beckham (in Marc Jacobs) and Eva Mendes (in Calvin Klein). Kim Cattrall presented the award for menswear to Tom Ford.

The most deserving winners were the Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who nabbed the Swarovski emerging talent in womenswear award. But the evening's big surprise was first-time nominee Tory Burch beating out Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors to be named accessories designer of the year. The socialite's fave deemed the win "beyond surreal." Carolina Herrera won a lifetime achievement award, prompting a gushing speech: "Thank you New York for opening up your arms to me. I love you all." Even Mike Bloomberg won something: The Mayor was honored for his commitment to the city's garment industry, and quipped that he would have worn something more stylish, but "my skinny jeans are at the cleaners and my gladiator sandals are being resoled." Yes, you can go and scrub that image from your mind now.

Some Enchanted Evening [WWD]
Costa, Ford and Burch are fashion's big winners [AP]