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Fransisco Costa of Calvin Klein took home the Womenswear Designer of the Year award on Monday night at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. It marks the second time the designer has won the honor, the top award in the U.S. fashion industry, winning for the first time in 2006. Tom Ford received the top award for menswear, while Tory Burch won for accessory design. "To be recognized is surreal, especially alongside Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors," said Burch in her acceptance speech. Jacobs and Kors were also nominated. The Swarovski-sponsored awards for the three top newcomers in the same categories included Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte in womenswear, Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders in menswear and Philip Crangi for accessory design. Calvin Klein presented Carolina Herrera with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award. As guests mingled during the cocktail hour outside the New York Public Library, where the awards were held, Herrera noted her key to her enduring success as a designer. "When you are in this business, you have to go on and on and on," she said. "Life changes, and the only thing I think all the time is to make the women who wear my clothes look beautiful, comfortable, natural. It's not about trends, or anything like that. It's about being classic, with a modern touch." ... Style.com's Candy Pratts Price received the Eugenia Sheppard award for her achievements as an influential fashion editor, while Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was awarded the Board of Director's Special Tribute award for his initiatives to support the fashion industry in New York, a major economic force. Yves Saint Laurent, who passed away at the age of 71 the evening before, was on many designers' minds. "It's makes me feel so lonely, like it's not a good world anymore," said Isaac Mizrahi. Marc Jacobs, nominated in two categories this year, womenswear and accesories, said his fluttery heart dress worn by Victoria Beckham that night was an homage to Saint Laurent. "There has never been a collection that we've done where we haven't thought about Yves Saint Laurent," he said. "I think about him all of the time."
I guess it sounds like a fun night for the folks in the fashion biz. I bet it's fun being able to dress up in whacky fashion just because you can every once-in-a-while. The ladies always tend to amp up the drama with the stuff they choose to wear (VB is such a drag queen) but it sucks that the dudes can only wear tuxedos (white ones if you want to stand out). It's kinda funny that with all the awards that get handed out for achievements in fashion, they can't come up with something more interesting for men than tuxedos and suits. Anyways ... congrats to the winners and props to the fashion fearless who like to play dress-up for all of us to have a chuckle with. [Source]