CFDA Awards honor Proenza Schouler, de la Renta and Clinton

And the Oscar goes to…

The fashions industry’s version of the Oscars went down with all the pomp and circumstance that has come to be expected by the 2013 CFDA awards presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America here in NY last night (June 3).

As Stefan would say, “this show had everything” where “everything” included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presenting the Founders Award to Oscar de la Renta. Also among the honorees were the highly-acclaimed duo of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for Womenswear Designers of the Year. Vera Wang offered a crescendo as she was honored for the powerful mark she has made on the industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stars from Jennifer Meyer, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Liv Tyler, Tobey Maguire, Wyclef to Linda Evangelista and Marc Jacobs were out in droves gracing the red carpet as the industry paid homage to its defining artists. A “who’s who” list of notable designers on-hand included Betsey Johnson , Billy Reid , Carolina Herrera , David Neville & Marcus Wainwright , Deborah Lloyd , Donna Karan, Francisco Costa , Georgina Chapman , Gilles Mendel , Greg Chait , Italo Zucchelli , Jenna Lyons , Jill Stuart , Johan Lindeberg , John Varvatos , Joseph Altuzarra , Kenneth Cole and many more.

Swarovski reprised their pivotal sponsoring role in making the event a spectacular for the industry. The legendary accessories firm related, “Swarovski is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible evening honoring the best in American fashion. We are proud to support all of the Swarovski Award nominees, and look forward to seeing a brilliant future unfold for each of the designers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board.

For those who missed it the CFDA’s, Swarovski has sponsored a digital broadcast on Tuesday, June 4th at 10am on

Here is a list of awards recipients:

Accessories Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim

Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School

Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno

Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year: Pamela Love

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang

The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Tim Blanks

The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert: Oscar de la Renta

The Board of Directors’ Tribute: Colleen Atwood

The International Award: Riccardo Tisci

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