The collaboration of the year is taking shape as Neiman Marcus and Target reveal Karlie Kloss (seen on the cover of this month’s W Magazine) as the face of their new ad campaign. An odd choice as the department store typically doesn’t choose well-known models for their ads; however, this isn’t your typical campaign. In the spirit of high-fashion-meets-department-store-deals, we’ll go with it.
For your holiday shopping pleasure, Target teamed up with Neiman Marcus and 24 Council of Fashion Designers of America designers to create a limited-edition holiday collection.
As the project takes shape, Spring of London, was enlisted to create the ads that will begin circulating prior to the Dec. 1 launch of the collection.
With names like Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Band of Outsiders, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone and Thom Browne on the designer roster, much buzz may not be necessary. However, it wouldn’t be holiday collaboration madness if every bell and whistle wasn’t enlisted to spread the word.
This year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards was filled with firsts, including a host who donned a dress and boxer combo worthy of a fashion police arrest and a live broadcast of the evening’s ceremony on Style.com. On the contrary, CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg is anything but a first timer. On June 11th, the fashion icon and president of the CFDA was selected by the council’s board to serve her fourth two-year term as president.
“Diane has done an excellent job as CFDA President. The time and resources she gives and the vision she has created is a huge benefit for our organization and industry,” Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, told Women’s Wear Daily.
This nomination isn’t von Furstenberg’s only CFDA honor. In 2005, the CFDA awarded von Furstenberg the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in fashion and her success of her global luxury fashion brand. Two years later, von Furstenberg stepped up as president to lead the organization in its mission of furthering the recognition of fashion design, advancing its artistic and professional standards, and promoting and improving public understanding and appreciation of the fashion arts.
Along with extending von Furstenberg’s term, the board also approved 26 new candidates for membership, bringing the total number to 427. This year’s group included recent CFDA winners including Joseph Altuzarra and Tabitha Simmons (below) as well as a host of other designers and stylists.
Reed Krakoff is celebrating much success these days. You may know him better for his work with Coach, which just won him a CFDA award for Accessory Design. But Reed also knows how to dress you, not just accessorize you. His Ready to Wear Resort 2013 collection, Reed describes his aesthetic as ‘warm minimalism’…which really is a perfect description to capture his look and feel.
Reed’s use of silk jersey, sheer overlays, and translucent materials delivered a very fluid motion down the runway. What was perhaps most appealing about the entire line was his use of juicy, pop colors like cobalt, nectarine and light peach hues up against a more neutral base palette of sands and camels. Diagonal slits and asymmetrical python skirts provided a sweet hint of ‘come hither’, while the collection as a whole spoke fresh and sporty meets business smooth. Watch the video below of images provided by Style.com of the entire Resort 2013 collection:
Last night was dedicated to fashion as the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) kicked off its night of golden glamour. In a double celebration, the CFDA celebrated their 50th anniversary and presented the CFDA Awards honoring the top talents from all areas of the fashion industry. The event took place at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers serving as the master of ceremonies and dressed for the occasion in…a dress.
Fashion insiders and a mix of celebrities walked the carpet in statement looks from designers that included Altuzarra, Alice + Olivia, Prabal Gurung, Marc Jacobs, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Sophie Theallet and more.
While some were white hot in flowing gowns, it was the bold prints that stole the spotlight. The glitziest of the glam, including Anna Wintour in Marc Jacobs and Devon Aoki in Alice + Olivia, added color to the carpet with lively summer looks.
Swarovski crystals weren’t the only things sparkling as actress Kate Bosworth walked the red carpet adorned in a multicolored Altuzarra design with black ankle-cuff pumps. Followed by Padma Lakshmi in a Fall 2012 Naeem Khan number, and Rachel Zoe in her own design, these ladies went for head-to-toe glimmer.
Industry veteran Tommy Hilfiger (bottom left) accepted the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Anna Wintour, honoring him for over 25 years of dedication to the fashion world including his honor as the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 1995. From his earliest work to the recent Fall 2012 Town and Country collection, Hilfiger has epitomized classic fashion. While his latest designs have swayed towards a more fun and flirtatious side thanks to his team, stylist Karl Templer and designer Peter Som, designs have remained effortless. Here’s to you Mr. Hilfiger.
The coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year Award went to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (above middle) who wore designs from their own collection, The Row, with jewels by Sidney Garber. The pair beat out Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors (pictured above with Joan Smalls in his own design), both past winners in the category. Billy Reid took home the award for Menswear Designer of the Year, and as predicted, Reed Krakoff won the Accessory Designer of the Year Award.
Other notable award recipients included Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons who was awarded the International Award, and Tabitha Simmons, Phillip Lim and Joseph Altuzarra who received the Swarovski Awards for emerging talent.
Johnny Depp, winner of the Fashion Icon Award, was unable to attend due to his work on the set of “The Lone Ranger;” however, the evening was made memorable by host Seth Meyers who paraded his own fashion ensemble of boxers and the see-through, lace dress Marc Jacobs wore to this year’s Met Gala.
Without further ado, we chose a few notable guests that were among the best dressed:
Zoe Saldana (left) was a vision in a black Prabal Gurung illusion-sectioned gown. Jessica Paré popped in a lacy, hot pink Jason Wu dress and Tiffany & Co. earrings. Julianne Hough (right) took the plunge in a crimson Kaufman Franco gown.
For those dying to see more of the action, not to worry, the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards will be broadcast on Style.com for the first time in its history. Check it out here.
We’ll part with a photo of Seth Meyers as he was obviously the best dressed male of the evening…
Diane von Furstenberg, President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), hosted an event at her design studio last night in NYC to announce the nominees, honorees and host for the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards.
Scheduled to take place on June 4th at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live will host the event. This year the CFDA is celebrating 50 years of promoting American fashion and honoring the most talented and influential individuals in the fashion industry.
Skimming through the nominees and honorees, we were pleased to see the names listed claimed some well-earned spots. We were a bit perplexed by the Media Award going to Scott Schuman and Garance Doré in honor of Eugenia Sheppard as they have made a name for themselves in the fashion world tag-team style; but they are still green compared to previous nominees and Sheppard who is known as one of the most influential fashion writers of her time. Bloggers and professional journalists may or may not agree but the ongoing debate on street bloggers gone commercial continues beyond this announcement.
Another surprise (a good one) on the list – Johnny Depp. He’s the “cool guy” in Hollywood and he has that “I’m an artist” swagger that earned him the spot as the first male to receive the Fashion Icon Award.
Regardless of whether or not we follow the logic behind the choices, congratulations are in order and the remainder of the list satiated our expectations.
Womenswear Designer of the Year Award Nominees
- Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
- Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
- Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year Nominees
- Billy Reid
- Patrik Ervell
- Simon Spurr
Accessory Designer of the Year Award Nominees
- Alexander Wang
- Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
- Reed Krakoff
Swarovski Award for Womenswear Nominees
- Chris Peters & Shane Gabier for Creatures of the Wind
- Joseph Altuzarra
- Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty for Suno
Swarovski Award for Menswear Nominees
- Antonio Azzuolo
- Phillip Lim
- Todd Snyder
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Nominees
- Irene Neuwirth
- Pamela Love
- Tabitha Simmons
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
The Founders Award
The International Award
- Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons
Update: Although Simon Spurr stepped down from his role as creative director at his eponymous label, he is still eligible for the Menswear Designer of the Year award. According to the CFDA, his nomination is based on the work from his last two seasons.