The Council of Fashion Designers of America, better known as the CFDA, holds an awards ceremony each year to celebrate achievement in fashion design — the Oscars of the fashion set, if you will. Emerging a winner is a victory akin to Diane von Furstenberg (she’s the president of the Council) giving you a little tap on the head and saying, “You’ve made it.” The nature of the ceremony is to honor fresh and emerging talent, and while last night’s event also crowned winners (Tommy Hilfiger and Rei Kawakubo, respectively) for both Lifetime and International achievements, some of the victors are practically unheard of outside of the insider-y design realm. If you have an interest in high fashion, it behooves you to acquaint yourself with these up-and-coming game changers, because chances are they’ll be the next hot names to come up on the mainstream style radar… well, I guess they already are.
If there’s one thing that’s generally true about the fashion industry, it’s that fashion and delicious buttery snacks usually (almost never) don’t go together. But not so in the case of design house Kenzo, who flew the bakers from Magnolia Cupcake Company over to Paris to craft special cupcakes for their show. As guests arrived, they were treated to a Magnolia-made cupcake on their seat. For some, it was probs the first cupcake they’d seen in quite awhile. Not, like, P. Diddy and his buddy Shyne (now a Hassidic Jew, how weird right?), who were seated front row at the show. Diddy’s shown an affinity for Junior’s Cheesecake in the past. But we’re sure model Emmanuelle Alt hasn’t sucked down buttercream icing in a while. And if she has, well, we hate her. [Fashionista]
Ah! Paris Fashion Week! The best fashion week of them all, if you ask me. We’ve assembled more of our favorite looks from the Paris shows, and will be updating our survey throughout the week. So check back early and often!
To be honest, Milan Fashion Week — which just wrapped up this week — isn’t really my favorite. The designers that show out of Milan tend to be older, stodgier and less young and fun than their London and New York counterparts, yet lack the romance and refinement of the Paris shows. Considering Milan’s position as a somewhat secondary Italian city — whose place on the world map is linked pretty much solely to its status as a design city these days — it’s not surprising that its designers would be somewhat more limited in their scope. Even so, there was some beautiful clothing coming out of Italy’s fashion capital. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Fall/Winter 2012 collections.
British designer Christopher Kane won’t be replacing John Galliano at Dior. Kane’s was the latest name banded about as a possible replacement for Galliano. Kane says he’s statying in charge of his eponymous line and remaining the head of Versace’s Versus label.
Stefano Pilati is out as head of Yves St. Laurent. Hedi Slimane, (pictured) who used to be in charge at Dior Homme, will take over.
And Raf Simons is allegedly out as the head designer of Jil Sander, saying on Sunday, “I am leaving Milan tomorrow, forever,” after showing his most recent collection for the brand.
Got all that straight? Great.
New York Fashion Week F/W has come to a close, and we’ve seen all that the designers had to offer in their Fall/Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear collections. We’ve assembled all of our favorite fall/winter looks from the shows in this gallery — tell us what you think of these designers’ looks in the comments!