Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CFDA 2011 Nominations!

Tonight Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb announced the nominations for the 2011CFDA awards. Furstenberg told the crowd that the organization would be putting together an auction for the victims of the Japan natural disasters. “We’re going to put together big packages. Designers, clients, suppliers–everyone is getting involved.” Kudos to them. As for the nominees, read them below.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Marc Jacobs

Eugenia Sheppard Award: Hilary Alexander

International Award: Phoebe Philo

Fashion Icon Award: Lady Gaga

Eleanor Lambert Award: InStyle‘s Hal Rubenstein

Swarovski Award for Accessories
Alejandro Ingelmo
Pamela Love
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu

Swarovski Award for Menswear

Alexander Wang
3.1 Phillip Lim
Robert Geller

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Joseph Altuzarra
The Row
Prabal Gurung

Menswear Designer of the Year
Patrik Ervell
Michael Bastian
Simon Spurr

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Marc Jacobs
Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler

Congrats to all nominees!

Emanuel Ungaro Fall/Winter 2011

With a mostly-black colour scheme, Giles Deacon's pieces for Ungaro were sexual and oh so provocative. I loved everything here, and was impressed at how much there was to take in, even though the collection itself was very minimalistic.
Practically everything came in lean cuts, enhanced with incredible Lesage embroideries, including wolf and eagle heads on great biker jackets and sweatshirt, with the collection mainly sticking to a body-con silhouette.

Fendi Fall/Winter 2011

Karl Lagerfeld knows how to stick to a theme. Known more for his work with Chanel, the designer uses the Fendi label to present more wearable, utilitarian clothes. Nowhere was this more obvious than the Fendi Fall 2011 collection.
Think New York, think lady in her 30's, think Upper East Side, think colour, and chances are you'll get the collection. I have to admit I didn't particularly like it when I first viewed it two weeks ago. But you know what? The more I look at it, the less I can find a look I actually don't like.
It's a superb collection- the colours, the jackets, the furs, the skirts, the stockings, the goggles, the bags; everything is so well-tailored and -styled. Sure, this isn't a collection for the younger, more Downtown set, but I can easily see older, less trend-seeking ladies milling about, whether to the office or even a fashion show in some of these looks.
The mix of textures- fox, crocodile, shearling, mink, Persian lamb- was exquisite, but the most impressive thing about this collection was how chic, yet practical these clothes are. Bravo.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011

With exquisite, crisp tailoring and incredible, fantastic detailing, the Fall RTW 2011 collection from the house of McQueen under the guidance of Sarah Burton, once again proves that the label is in great hands.
It was a collection that teetered between black and white colour basics, but in essence, there really wasn't any pedestrian about this collection at all. Velvets, organza and mink furs added a luxe feel to some very Victorian-esque gowns and jackets, and while I didn't personally like some of the more zipper-ed pieces, I have to admit that even those didn't detract from what was most definitely one of the best collections this season.