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NEW YORK — CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg was determined to kick off the council’s 25th anniversary awards ceremony on time. And she kept things moving despite some tardy hiccups: Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman and Ellen Barkin, who was the evening’s emcee.
While von Furstenberg ushered people in with a clucky “Come on, everybody. We have to start,” the photographers were still waiting for a few of the marquee names to arrive at the New York Public Library. When Winfrey finally showed up on the library’s steps, Ralph Lauren came down to greet her. “There’s Ralph!” she exclaimed with open arms. There’s no reason she should have been late though, especially since “Ralph’s people came and did everything,” she said. Lauren certainly had every reason to be in good spirits. In addition to receiving the American Fashion Legend Award from Winfrey, he picked up this year’s Menswear Designer of the Year award.
As the evening unfolded, Oscar de la Renta tied with Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Derek Lam claimed Accessory Designer of the Year. Robert Lee Morris was honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, while Patrick Demarchelier received the Eleanor Lambert Award, and Robin Givhan, the fashion editor of The Washington Post, took home the Eugenia Sheppard Award. This year’s International Award went to Pierre Cardin, and Edun’s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, were given a Board of Directors’ Special Tribute. The Swarovski awards for emerging talent went to Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim for women’s wear, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for men’s wear and Loeffler Randall’s Jessie Randall for accessories.
For more images from the CFDA Awards, click here.