The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) staged its annual awards ceremony last night at Lincoln Center in New York. Co-sponsored by the jewelry maker Swarovski, the CFDA Fashion Awards show, often described as the Fashion Oscars, was hosted by British comedian James Corden, and featured appearances by Amanda Seyfried, Taraji P. Henson, and Kim Kardashian.
It was a disappointing evening for this jewelry lover.
I was so convinced that jewelry designers Irene Neuwirth and Eva Zuckerman would win in their respective categories of Accessories Designer of the Year and Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year that I pre-wrote their biographies for this post! But I was wrong: such is the fickle finger of fashion. I’ll have to save their stories for another time.
Neuwirth, who won the Swarovski award last year, lost to shoe designer Tabitha Simmons. And Zuckerman, whose iconic “X” ring launched her popular Eva Fehren Fine Jewelry Collection, bowed to Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of luxury bag-maker Mansur Gavriel.
As they say in Hollywood, “It’s an honor to be nominated.”
In an interesting case of “Who Wore it Better?”, actress January Jones, the guest of Neuwirth, arrived on the red carpet wearing the designer’s multi-colored gemstone revière necklace. Minutes later, Bee Shaffer, daughter of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, showed up wearing a strikingly similar piece. Somewhere a stylist’s head is rolling!
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards listed below. And look to OBJ for future posts on Irene Neuwirth and Eva Zuckerman, who are still big winners in my book.
2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford
Accessories Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson
The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Instagram
The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of J.Crew Group, Inc.
International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino
Sources: The New York Times; Vogue; The Huffington Post