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Each year, The CFDA and Vogue honor a select group of artists and individuals hailing from all areas of the fashion industry. Nominations by the CFDA community culminate into an annual event that recognizes exceptional contributions to American design and fashion. Honorees are awarded for excellence in journalism, for lifetime achievement and, of course, design. Yesterday’s recipients included Joseph Altuzarra for Womenswear Designer of the Year and Tom Ford, for his lifetime achievements.
After the awards event, Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons, who received the CFDA International Award, was celebrated at an after-party hosted by Dior president Sidney Toledano. He chose the new Ladurée location in Soho, which featured custom, lily-of-the-valley scented, couture-colored macarons. Laura Love, Charlotte Sarkozy, and Donna Karan, among others, attended the event to mark this outstanding achievement.
Founded by Eleanor Lambert in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to strengthening “the influence and success of American Designers in the global economy.” Since its conception, the CFDA has engaged philanthropically with many organizations while also providing support for the careers of both rising and established designers. Its directors include the likes of Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, and Jenna Lyons, presided over by president Diane von Furstenberg.