Last night the CFDA unveiled the recipients of its annual awards at the New York Public Library. Francisco Costa was the big winner, nabbing the womenswear award for his work at Calvin Klein. He also won for womenswear in 2006, but this year he beat out Marc Jacobs and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. Tory Burch won for accessories design, edging out Marc Jacobs, who’s won the category three times in the past ten years. Burch also beat five-time nominee, zero-time winner Michael Kors (note to self: Send Michael consolation cookie bouquet), who’s starting to become the Susan Lucci of this thing.
The award for menswear went to Tom Ford, chest hair restrained behind a fine, fully buttoned tuxedo. It’s his first win in the category, though he’s previously won for womenswear and accessories for his work at Yves Saint Laurent. So now he really has no reason to go back to the ladies (sniff). Kate and Laura Mulleavy, however, have every reason to stick to lady clothes: The much-lauded Rodarte design duo won the Swarovski award for emerging talent in womenswear.
In the wake of Yves Saint Laurent’s passing, last night’s attendees paid homage to the legendary couturier. Naomi Campbell wore a YSL sequined pantsuit from the fall ‘08 collection while CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg looked smashing in a vintage black YSL jacket. She told WWD she made a last-minute wardrobe change after she had all her Yves Saint Laurent sent in from her country home. Oh, the life.
Find a full list of this year’s winners and honorees after the jump.
Womenswear Designer of the Year
• Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein
Menswear Designer of the Year
• Tom Ford
Accessory Designer of the Year
• Tory Burch
Swarovski Award for Womenswear
• Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte
Swarovski Award for Menswear
• Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
• Philip Crangi
• Dries Van Noten
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
• Carolina Herrera
Board of Director’s Special Tribute
• Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Eugenia Sheppard Award
• Candy Pratts Price of Style.com