WWD’s veteran party photographer has snapped the CFDA crowd – the nominees, the honorees, the dates – many a time before but rarely while they’re all under one roof. Here, he shares his perspective from the front lines of the convergence of Kimye, Gigi and every American designer under the sun.
Alice Tully Hall
5:50 p.m.: God bless her soul, Ruth Finley’s the first to arrive.
6:13 p.m.: “Did you see the Vanity Fair cover of Bruce Jenner?” Someone pushes their Galaxy into my face. “Wow, her work is better than Kim’s!” I squawk. “I’m serious! I’ve seen her up close. She better stop – her rubbery face has jumped the shark!”
6:37 p.m.: A fleet of umbrella ushers keep the guests dry as they walk from the red carpet to the front door. How proper!
6:51 p.m.: Spotting me on the press line, Bill Cunningham trots over. “Hey kid, are you expecting Jackie [Onassis] or something?”He teases. “No, someone way [ital.] more glamorous and talented: Kim Kardashian,” I laugh. “Oh no, they’ve gotten to you too,” he says with a frown.
7:03 p.m.: Karlie Kloss, I’m at a loss for words. Gigi Hadid, Oh My Godid!
7:05 p.m.: Nina Dobrev points to me as I’m snapping her. “What’s up?” I ask. “The cord,” she says. Oh, my flash’s power cord is covering my lens. Thanks Nina!
7:10 p.m.: Wearing a big gold chain, sipping from a bottle of White Girl Rosé and working a Troll doll hairdo: “who is this guy?”
7:27 p.m.: Hanne Gaby Odiele winks at me. I love watching that girl party; she has the most fun.
8:23 p.m.: Kimye arrives. He is wearing some sort of a karate kimono and she is in a sheer black Proenza dress, underwear visible. “Over here! For the inside photographer!” I yell and get the three shot Kim, Kanye and the second baby (South West?).
8:45 p.m.: “Asking me to host the CFDAs is like asking Terry Richardson to host your daughter’s birthday party,” James Corden is officially the best host of all time.
9:01 p.m. Nice speech Mickey Drexler but if this was the Academy Awards you would have been played off at least 10 minutes ago.
10:14 p.m.: Pharrell’s speech lasted phorever.
10:27 p.m.: I go to snap Chrissy Teigen on our way out after the ceremony. “Wait a moment,” she says as she gives me an over the shoulder pose. “Her dress ripped in front,” a pr person whispers in my ear.
10:53 p.m.: Flash! Flash! Tory Burch and Shayne Oliver toasting his win. Now on to Boom Boom Room!
The Official CFDA After Party at the Boom Boom Room
11:43 p.m.:Plopping down and sprawling out on a banquette, DVF takes a deep breath and gives me a look of sweet relief that says “thank God it’s over!”
11:54 p.m.: Alex Wang partying with the Proenza boys and Grimes, next to Hanne Gaby Odiele who’s having the most fun, as expected!
12:24 a.m.:“That’s so beautiful,” Rachel Roy compliments Rachel Zoe’s fringy dress.“ I made this myself,” Zoe boasts as she does a twirl for my camera.
12:31 a.m.: On the step and repeat Diane Kruger powders her face then jokingly powders Prabal’s. Couldn’t grab my camera fast enough and miss the shot. Bummer!