>> With Lady Gaga in the house for last night's CFDA Awards, there was bound to be some entertainment. And she didn't disappoint — as Cathy Horyn deemed, last night's show "was better than it has been in awhile." From details on Anna Wintour texting Gaga to Prabal Gurung's onstage shout-out to a fellow designer, a few of our favorite quotables, moments, and sightings from last night's festivities in the slideshow.
>> Shortly after the 2011 CFDA Awards wound down at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the crowd moved on to Marc Jacobs's honorary dinner at the Monkey Bar, before finally settling in for a Lady Gaga rager — complete with a mesh-suited Gaga and Patti LaBelle dueting on "Over the Rainbow" — at the Top of the Standard. A few choice moments from the after party scene, captured in the slideshow.
>> This evening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York, fashion's finest gathered for the 2011 CFDA Awards.
And this year's winners are . . . (nominees here):
- Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang
- Menswear Designer of the Year: Michael Bastian
- Swarovski Award for Menswear: Robert Geller
- Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Prabal Gurung
- Swarovski Award for Accessories: Eddie Borgo
- Womenswear Designer of the Year: Proenza Schouler
This post will be updated with winners and more arrivals as the night continues.
>> Every two years, the fashion flock meets the art world in Venice for a series of parties and power buys. This year, Hogan, Prada, and Missoni have been among the Venice Biennale event hosts, bringing out guests like Anna Wintour (who was spotted yesterday riding around the city's Grand Canal), Dasha Zhukova, and Naomi Campbell. While some have already come and gone — Anna Wintour, Francois-Henri Pinault, and Salma Hayek Pinault were already spotted attending the French Open in Paris today — we've the fleeting moments of the last couple of days' festivities captured in our slideshow at left.
>> Last night, 600 people — including Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, and Donatella Versace — gathered in New York to celebrate Mario Testino's illustrious career as part of the El Museo del Barrio gala. Kate Winslet, who presented Testino with an award, said of working with the photographer: “He’ll say, ‘It’s beeuuutiful, but I think it would be better naked, no?’ Quite frankly, how could one refuse? No matter what insecurities about oneself a subject may have, Mario makes them go away like a magician. One moment you are in the hair and makeup chair fully clothed and wishing you had smoother skin, longer legs and smaller feet and then Mario comes in and in that charming way he takes you by the hand and says, 'Don't worry it's going to be amazing.'"
Carine Roitfeld, meanwhile, said of collaborating with Testino: "What I love about him I can tell him anything and that is very rare with a photographer. If I don't like these shoes, or I don't like this picture I can tell him. It is his complicity . . . to be able to say what you want to someone. I just finished a book about my work so far and 80 percent of it is with Mario."
Testino, meanwhile, credited his career to Anna Wintour: “Long ago she decided I was a good photographer.” As for his favorite photographic subject, he replied: "It would have to be Princess Diana, it took my career to another level. Top five? Kate Moss has been one of my favourites for a long time. I have worked a lot with her. I think I have managed to document her through the 20 years that we have worked together. But there are many people like that: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, it is hard to pick just one."
>> This year's Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday; French though it may be, aside from Chanel, it was the Italian brands who reigned supreme amongst this red carpet bunch: Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, and Roberto Cavalli, in particular. But that's not to say there weren't one-off sightings of Alaia, Louis Vuitton, and Chloe — and even Melanie Laurent in her second Dior couture gown, providing another preview of what's to come from the house's design studio in July. Giovanna Battaglia's vintage Versace get-up, Kirsten Dunst's Rodarte look, and more in the slideshow.
>> Couture and Roitfelds galore populated last night's amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala, held as part of the Cannes festivities at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and their significant others (Robert Konjic and Giovanna Battaglia, respectively) were hosted by Peter Dundas at the Emilio Pucci table, while Carine Roitfeld — and Naomi Campbell, Dasha Zhukova, Kristen McMenamy, and Courtney Love — came decked out in Givenchy. Chanel, too, dressed a host of ladies for the event — including Charlotte Casiraghi, Kirsten Dunst, and Karolina Kurkova — which set a new record, raising more than $10 million for AIDS research (the cost per plate was reportedly $10,000, after all).
Lara Stone, Penelope Cruz, Natalia Vodianova and More Pop Up on the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet
>> The first couple of days of the Cannes Film Festival brought us appearances by the likes of Karolina Kurkova, Diane Kruger, and Alexa Chung; with the weekend past, Natalia Vodianova and Lara Stone have joined the fun in Calvin Klein, Tilda Swinton brought out a Haider Ackermann look, and more than a couple of Chanel couture looks hit the red carpet. All that and more in the slideshow.
>> Curious to see what the House of Dior puts out without a creative director at its head? The Fall 2011 Dior couture collection, which debuts in July, is being produced just that way — by the design studio alone — but a peek at what they're capable of came last night. Melanie Laurent debuted the Dior studio's first foray without a head designer — a couture gown inspired by an archival piece — for the Cannes Film Festival opening festivities. See that dress, plus Diane Kruger's slinky Calvin Klein Collection number, Rachel McAdams's peekaboo sheer Marchesa gown, and more from the first two days of Cannes in the slideshow.
>> It's officially Costume Institute Gala time, and this year it's all about Alexander McQueen — which means plenty of McQueen dresses are going to be running around on the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, and Daphne Guinness. Anna Wintour, for her part, chose not to break her Costume Institute Gala Chanel couture streak — now five years running — with a McQueen frock; same goes for daughter Bee Shaffer, who chose Balenciaga instead. Rumor was swirling pre-red carpet arrivals that Wintour had Kate Middleton's McQueen wedding dress flown in for tonight's gala — but we'll have to wait and see: neither Wintour nor Sarah Burton are expected to give red carpet interviews.