>> Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Eddie Borgo, and Alexander Wang all took home CFDA awards last night, and in honor of the newly-crowned winners, we rounded up a few of their most covetable pieces currently on the market, for your perusal.
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>> 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.
>> Resort collections are usually synonymous with escapist inspirations, but Phillip Lim is going “against nature” for his Resort 2012 collection, sticking with what he knows best — an urban environment. “The idea of going away is essentially artificial for me. These skyscrapers are my trees,” he explained, indicating his Manhattan surroundings. “At the end of the day, wherever these clothes go, they have to come back here.” Hence the collection's utilitarian elements, found on drawstring-waisted pants and slouchy jackets. Lim is also launching his first accessories collection for Resort this season, including patent leather satchels and latex, open-toed platform booties.
>> Fresh off being no longer deemed "cool" by the New York Times, he submitted his latest collection — for Resort 2012 — full of nonchalant striped sweatshirts, tank dresses, and anoraks. Absent of "theme" on purpose, Jacobs instead focused the collection on motifs — particularly two prints derived from wallpaper rolls: an oversized paisley pattern and one of pastel daisies.
>> As a Dolce-and-Gabbana-sporting Lauren Santo Domingo sat down to the three course lunch at yesterday's Veuve Clicquot-sponsored Governor’s Island Polo Classic in New York — which began with caviar — she noted, WWD reports (seven weeks after giving birth to her first son): “'The only thing I really, really craved during my pregnancy was caviar,' Santo Domingo said, daintily separating it with her fork from the fennel infused creme-fraiche custard below. 'I was Googling it constantly to see if it was something that, you know, you shouldn’t eat. Somehow, there were more people Googling ‘crack while pregnant’ than ‘caviar’ on most Web sites… But I asked Dasha [Zhukova], seeing as she’s Russian and a great mother, and she said it was OK.'" [WWD]
>> Donna Karan is having a body-con moment. For Resort 2012, dresses were cut close to the body, bootleg pants hugged curves, and racer jackets zipped snugly. But don't go thinking these clothes are only for the tiny. "Stretchy! This is the beautiful thing about these; they fit her, they fit me," said Donna Karan, snapping the fabric of a model's pant. In a mix-and-match palette of red, black, and silver — and with silhouettes ranging from sporty to formal — these are styles that Karan designed to go the extra mile. An embroidered pencil skirt with a paneled white jacket could easily go from office to office party, while a stunning white tulle and ribbon concoction (left) — inspired by a Christmas tree — could be the perfect New Year's Eve ensemble. "They're in the stores for the longest amount of time," Karan explained of the fifty look collection's versatility. "They're meant to be worn every single night during the holiday season."
>> After many years of reluctance, Allegra Versace Beck — the majority shareholder with a 50 percent stake in Versace — has started collaborating on the brand's collections, taking her first steps into the design studio, she tells La Repubblica (translated from Italian): "I have asked my mother — I was reluctant at first, because I know little of finance — but then I realized that it was necessary for me to understand, participate, learn of this world."
She continued: "The idea made me very uncomfortable, then I calmed down. I have already started working in the office — they are all boys of my age, and I managed to convince them that I am not a mistress, but like them in that I have the ability to do this creative work ... I am the only unpaid one, that's the one difference. We became friends, often we go out together. "
Further highlights, below.
On going to the United States to study and recover from anorexia: "I call this my period of absence, I was lost in other thoughts and couldn't confront reality, with my eyes shielded from everything. Above all, I wanted one thing — to be no one, to not be recognized, not be hunted down. I studied theater, and it pleased me greatly to play parts in little independent films that perhaps no one went to see. For example, I really loved Little Miss Sunshine. Still, anywhere I went, I was a Versace. I couldn't escape, and it did me harm. I hated Los Angeles. However I did have beautiful moments. For example, when I was in New York, Rupert Everett played in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, and I, behind the scenes, acted invisibly as a dresser."
On whether she's reconciled with being a Versace: "Definitely, I still prefer the anonymity. I've spent some time working with a non-Italian designer, I've been helping him organize fashion shows, the advertising, also helping with the creative part. But the great part about this work is that I am no one! They pay me, also, of course — for now not enough to live without worries — but I think you can get used to everything, if you feel free, if you are yourself and not what others want you to be, if you don't see a photographer around every corner, if you do not bury yourself in cruel gossip that does so much harm."
On the differences between herself and her mother, Donatella Versace: "We are so close even if she is different from me — she is impetuous and determined, I am reflective and quiet. She uses celebrity in the service of work; I hate that celebrity."