The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners


NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tonight, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. For the thirteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski.

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, presented by Lupita Nyong‘o. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School byJames Marsden. Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Rowtook home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by Keri Russell.

Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: “the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me.” 

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards show program and red carpet coverage hosted by Brad Goreski will be webcast on Tuesday, June 3rd at 11am, only on

“Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.

“The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career.  Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.  

“It’s been an honor to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze.  We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Tim Coppens.The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went toIrene Neuwirth.

Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion.

The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Bethann Hardison by Naomi Campbell for Hardison’s efforts to promote racial diversity in the fashion industry.

The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard which is given for excellence in journalism, originally created in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, was presented to Paul Cavaco by Allure editor in chief Linda Wells.

Raf Simons of Christian Dior was recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Marion Cotillard andDior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano.

Diane von Furstenberg presented the Board of Directors’ Tribute to Ruth Finley, in recognition of her 65 years as founder and publisher of Fashion Calendar.


Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Nadja Swarovski

Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher, Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, Marc Alary, Marc Jacobs, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville for Rag & Bone, Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row, Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School, Rosie Assoulin, Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind, Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder, and Wes Gordon.

Bethann Hardison, Rihanna, Paul Cavaco, Raf Simons for Christian Dior, Ruth Finley, and Tom Ford.

Anna Wintour, Greta Gerwig, James Marsden, Keri Russell, Linda Wells, Lupita Nyong‘o, Sidney Toledano, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Campbell, and Sebastian Stan.

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Anna Chlumsky, Bernadette Peters, Blake Lively, Bridget Moynahan, Brie Larson, Busy Phillips, Chris Kattan, Cicely Tyson, Emmy Rossum, Gia Coppola, Jaime King, Jennifer Hudson, Leilani Bishop, Olivia Wilde, Sophia Bush, Suki Waterhouse, Zoe Kazan, and Zoey Deutch.

FASHION/MODELS/SOCIAL/SPORTS VIP’S: Alessandra Ambrosio, Amy Fine Collins, Andrew Bolton, Andrew Saffir, Anja Rubik, Anne V., Bee Shaffer, Brad Goreski, Caroline Trentini, Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Coco Rocha, Constance Jablonski, Derek Blasberg, Dree Hemingway, Fei Fei Sun, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Harley Viera Newton, Heidi Klum, Hillary Rhoda, Iman, Jamie Bochert, Jen Brill, Jessica Stam, Jessica Joffe, Joan Smalls, John Demsey, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, Leigh Lezark, Liya Kebede, Malgosia Bela, Olivia Palermo,  Tyson Beckford, Vanessa Traina, Victor Cruz, and Victoria Traina.

DESIGNERS:  Aerin Lauder, Alexandre Birman, Alexis Bittar, Angel Sanchez, Anna Sui, Ariel Ovadia, B. Michael, Babi Ahluwalia, Betsey Johnson, Bibhu Mohapatra, Billy Reid, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Neuville, Christian Siriano, Coomi Bashin, Courtney Crangi, Cynthia Rowley, Danielle Snyder, David Meister, Deborah Lloyd, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Doo-Ri Chung, Eddie Borgo, Eric Javits, Erin Beatty, Francisco Costa, Gilles Mendel, Gregory Chait, Italo Zucchelli, Isaac Franco, James Mischka, Jana Matheson, Jeff Halmos, Jeffrey Banks, Jenna Lyons, Jodie Snyder, Johan Lindeberg, John Truex, John Bartlett, Josie Natori, Kara Ross, Kay Unger, Ken Kaufman, Kenneth Cole, Kevin Carrigan, Lisa Axelson, Lisa Mayock, Lisa Perry, Lisa Salzer, Luis Fernandez, Maria Cornejo, Marissa Webb, Mark Badgley, Max Osterweis, Melissa Joy Manning, Michael Kors, Michelle Smith, Mimi So, Mish Tworkowski, Misha Nonoo, Monica Botkier, Monique Lhuillier, Monique Pean, Nili Lotan, Olivier Theyskens, Pamela Love, Peter Som, Philip Crangi, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Dooley, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Richard Chai, Richard Lambertson, Sachin Ahluwalia, Sam Shipley, Scott Sternberg, Scott MacKinlay Hahn, Selima Salaun, Shane Baum, Shimon Ovadia, Simon Alcantara, Sofia Sizzi, Stacey Bendet, Stan Herman, Steven Alan, Steven Lagos, Stuart Vevers, Stuart  Weitzman, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Ulrich Grimm, Vera Wang, Yigal Azrouel, and Zac Posen.


Host John Waters emceed the evening’s program: A live tribute featuring sixteen models of color in Diane von Furstenberg dresses paid homage to Founder’s Award honoree Bethann Hardison for advocating diversity on the runways.

Michael Kors led the In Memoriam segment in which he honored the passing of Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg over the past year.

The awards program featured a film on Swarovski Award nominees, directed by Clara Cullen and produced by Image Partnership, which debuted on NOWNESS earlier today.  


As part of the CFDA’s commitment to design education, the following scholarships were awarded to the following students who were acknowledged from the stage by CFDA CEO Steven Kolb:

  • Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar: Yi Deng, Drexel University
  • Liz Claiborne Design Scholar: Carmela Osorio Lugo, Savannah College of Art & Design
  • CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholar, in partnership with Target: Franky Tran, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

About the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

KCD was the executive producer of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards. Art direction, graphics, and the CFDA Awards Journal were designed by Trey Laird of Laird + Partners. The journal was photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo. The hand-painted artwork & typography were created by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic.

For the sixth consecutive year, Tony-nominated Scott Pask oversaw the Awards set design which featured his redesign of the signature Swarovski crystal-covered podium onstage.

The CFDA would like to acknowledge:

  • Official Automotive Sponsor: Lexus
  • Official Beauty Sponsor: MAC Cosmetics
  • Official Champagne Partner: Veuve Clicquot
  • Official Spirit Sponsor: Maestro Dobel
  • Official Technology Partner: Intel


  • House Photography:  BFA:
  • MNR (Multimedia News Release): Broadcast quality video, high-resolution photographs, and press release will be available the night of Monday, June 2nd.

About the CFDAThe Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with events such as Fashion’s Night Out and 7th on Sale and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.

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About Swarovski The Swarovski story began in 1895 when Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal. This machine not only revolutionized jewellery manufacturing, but also the worlds of art, design, fashion and cinema for over a hundred years. Today Swarovski is the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, genuine gemstones, and created stones and operates nearly 2,000 retail outlets in over 120 countries. The company has a rich history of working with internationally acclaimed designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. Since joining the family business in 1995, Nadja Swarovski has built on this heritage by implementing a series of visionary design initiatives which have transformed the company’s image, turning crystal into a much desired component in the creative industries, which is used at the forefront of designer trends across fashion, jewellery and design. Nadja Swarovski is committed to supporting and celebrating design and the arts by collaborating with both established and emerging international designers and costume designers – including, Alexander McQueen, Shaun Leane, John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou, Hussein Chalayan, Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, Arianne Phillips and Alexandra Byrne – challenging them to push the boundaries of crystal use across fashion, jewellery, entertainment, art, architecture and design.

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