2010 CFDA Fashion Awards Presented In New York
As part of the CFDA's commitment to design education, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship winner Carmen Chen Wu, the Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship winner Jusil Carroll, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship winner Nicole Goh were acknowledged from the stage by CFDA executive director Steven Kolb.
This year also marked the second annual Popular Vote Award sponsored by L'Oreal Paris. Through a website hosted by wwd.com, the public was given the opportunity to vote for its favorite fashion designer. An overwhelming number of votes were cast. L'Oreal Paris Spokesperson and CFDA Health Initiative representative Doutzen Kroes announced the winner of this year's Popular Vote Award to Ralph Lauren.
CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg told the sold-out theater "Tonight is the night we designers and members of the industry salute our peers and celebrate their talents. We are a family." She then went on to speak about the organization's accomplishments over the past year, including raising $1 million for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, launching the CFDA Fashion Incubator, working with the Design Trust on the Garment District, lobbying for copyright protection through the establishment of the Fashion Law Institute, and the continued growth of services for CFDA's 350 members.
In addition to the nominees and honorees, some of the most influential names in American fashion were in attendance including CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, Albertus Swanepoel, Alexander Wang, Michael Bastian, Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen, Behnaz Sarafpour, Betsey Johnson, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Chris Benz, Cynthia Rowley, David Chu, Derek Lam, Deborah Lloyd, Donna Karan, Doo-Ri Chung, Elie Tahari, Francisco Costa, Gilles Mendel, Isabel Toledo, Italo Zucchelli, Jenna Lyons, Jill Stuart, John Bartlett, John Varvatos, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, Kenneth Cole, Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali, Patrick Robinson, Peter Som, Philip Crangi, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Rafe Totengco, Rebecca Taylor, Reed Krakoff, Richard Lambertson, Sam Shipley, Sophie Buhai, CFDA's Executive Director Steven Kolb, Stan Herman, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vera Wang, Yeohlee Teng, Yigal Azrouel, and Zac Posen.