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Tonight, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Joel McHale, the American comedian, actor, writer, television host and television producer, was the host for the evening. The Awards took place in collaboration with Swarovski for the fifteenth consecutive year.

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Marc Jacobs, presented by Claire Danes. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Thom Browne by Alexander Skarsgård. Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavrielfor Mansur Gavriel took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, presented by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

In a surprise moment on stage, Beyoncé was presented the Fashion Icon award by CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg.

Highlights from the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards show program and red carpet coverage hosted by Zanna Roberts Rassi will be featured on on Tuesday, June 7th.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards are about celebrating creativity, innovation and achievement in the industry, but also about bringing our fashion family together,” said Diane von Furstenberg, Chairwoman of the CFDA.

“Tonight, we have come together to honor the best and brightest talents and bring recognition to all of American fashion. We would like to thank Nadja Swarovski and Swarovski for fifteen years of a collaboration that continues to guide and inspire us,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.

“It is an honor to celebrate the fifteenth consecutive year of Swarovski’s partnership with the CFDA, which is an incredible milestone. We are excited for the future of our industry and we are proud to announce the launch of the ‘Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Mentorship Program’ in collaboration with the CFDA – an initiative designed to develop strong and impactful relationships for the Swarovski Award winners announced this evening,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

Karlie Kloss and Ansel Elgort presented the three Swarovski Awards for emerging talent.

The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Brandon Maxwell.
The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Alex, Matthew, and Samantha Orley, for Orley.
The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Paul Andrew
In addition to participating in the new Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Mentorship Program, 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 Norma Kamali by Michael Kors.

The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Donna Karan by Calvin Klein.

The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard was presented to Imran Amed of The Business of Fashion by Alexa Chung.

Alessandro Michele of Gucci was recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Anna Wintour.

Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Nadja Swarovski

Joel McHale

Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler , Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.
Menswear: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder.
Accessory: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Irene Neuwirth, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Womenswear:  Brandon Maxwell, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, Ryan Roche.
Menswear: Rio Uribe for Gypsy Sport, John Elliott, Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley.
Accessory Design: Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Gigi Burris, Paul Andrew.

Beyoncé, Imran Amed, Norma Kamali, Donna Karan, Alessandro Michele

Alexa Chung, Claire Danes, Lena Dunham and Jenna Lyons, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Riley Keough, Calvin Klein, Karlie Kloss and Ansel Elgort, Michael Kors, Alexander Skarsgård, Tilda Swinton.

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Alessandra Ambrosio, Selma Blair, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain, Ciara, Gia Coppola, Laverne Cox,Victor Cruz, Olivia Culpo, Hugh Dancy, Jason Derulo, Jourdan Dunn, Kirsten Dunst, America Ferrera, Rebecca Hall, Imaan Hammam, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Julianne Hough, Gillian Jacobs, Jay Z, Heidi Klum, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Monaghan, Mia Moretti, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Sarah Paulson, Emily Ratajkowski, Chrisina Ricci, Hilary Rhoda, Ryan Seacrest,Alicia Silverstone, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, Samira Wiley, Lindsey Wixson

DESIGNERS: Rosie Assoulin, Stacey Bendet, Eddie Borgo, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Kenneth Cole, Carlie Cushnie andMichelle Ochs, Erin Fetherston, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, Prabal Gurung, Stan Herman, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, Naeem Khan, Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhuillier, Phillip Lim, Deborah Lloyd, Christian Louboutin, David Meister, Gilles Mendel, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff, Thakoon Panichgul, Lisa Perry, Tracy Reese, Cynthia Rowley, Rachel Roy, Jonathan Simkhai, Christian Siriano, Michelle Smith, Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder, Mimi So, John Varvatos, Vera Wang, Rachel Zoe

Fisher Stevens directed the opening film starring TONY Award winner Sarah Jones as Rashid (The Messenger), Nereida (The Dispatcher), Priya (The Spiritual Assistant), Rachel (The Assistant).
Isaac Mizrahi, in a short film directed by Douglas Keeve, went on a mission to find out if people on the street knew what the CFDA was.
Riley Keough introduced The Year in Fashion video as well as live runway show featuring key trends of the year.
The CFDA Remembers segment honored the passing of Anthony Muto, Arnold Scaasi, Ingrid Sischy, Jeffrey Aronoff, Joan Helpern and Michel Kramer-Metraux.

As part of the CFDA’s commitment to design education, Heidi Klum and CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb acknowledged the following scholarships and post-graduate opportunities and their recipients:
Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship: Olivia LeBlanc, Parsons School of Design
Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship: Yura Yang, Fashion Institute of Technology
CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship in Partnership with Target: Liam Cliff, California College of the Arts
Eileen Fischer Social Innovator Award: Carmen Gama, Teslin Doud, and Lucy Jones, Parsons School of Design
Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award: Kara Kroeger of Kent State University, and Blake Felty of Fashion Institute of Technology

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. The final votes were tabulated by Ernst & Young, LLP.

CFDA, The Weinstein Company, KCD and Eclipse TV were Executive Producers of the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.  N + N Films was Executive Producer of Films & Honoree Packages. Laird + Partners was Executive Producer of Nominee Packages & Graphics.

The CFDA would like to acknowledge the official sponsors of the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards:
Official Voting Firm: Ernst & Young LLP
Official Automotive Partner: Lexus
Official Beauty Partner: M·A·C Cosmetics
Official Hair Partner: Moroccanoil
Official Spirit Partner: Maestro Dobel Tequila
Official Champagne Partner: Perrier-Jouët
Official Technology Partner: Samsung

About the CFDA The 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 500 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 owns the Fashion Calendar and stages New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. In 2013, the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative was created to nurture, elevate and preserve garment production in New York City. 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.

About Swarovski Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 inAustria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,680 stores in around 170 countries, more than 26,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2015. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2015, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural



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