Tuesday June 8, 2010 9:47 am
CFDA Honors McQueen
Sarah Jessica Parker posthumously awarded the late Alexander McQueen at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) last night. The Sex and the City 2 actress gave a speech as she honored the British fashion designer, who committed suicide in February, with the Board of Directors Special Tribute Award.
“I don’t think one brief segment of the evening could really illustrate what he meant to the industry or to the people that worked with him or to his family - so it’s a very hard thing to try to be brief and substantive in a matter of two minutes. But I think his work speaks for him more than I could.”
A McQueen runway show then followed, which included a display of the designer’s fashion pieces, leaving some members of the audience in tears.
Other big winners of the night included Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year, International Designer of the Year Christopher Bailey and Michael Kors who won the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement of the Year. “It’s a tough business but I still feel a kid even though I’ve been doing it forever. I’m just excited to be here,” Kors said.
David Bowie, Gwyneth Paltrow and the Olsen twins also attended the ceremony, which was held for the second year at New York’s Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
The full list of Council of Fashion Designers of America are:
International Designer of the Year - Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement of the Year - Michael Kors
Fashion Icon of the Year - Iman
Womenswear Designer of the Year - Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year - David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for rag & bone
Accessory Designer of the Year - Alexis Bittar
Swarovski Award for Womenswear - Jason Wu
Swarovski Award for Menswear - Richard Chai
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design - Alexander Wang
Popular Vote - Ralph Lauren
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