The Council of Fashion Designers of America handed out their annual Awards at Lincoln Center on Monday, with all the fashion bigwigs in attendance. In a relatively brief ceremony hosted by Anderson Cooper, Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took the women’s wear designer of the year award, Michael Bastian won for men’s wear, and Alexander Wang took the accessories category.
In the junior division, Prabal Gurung won the Swarovski Award for women’s wear design, which is given to new and emerging talents, along with Robert Geller in the men’s wear category and Eddie Borgo in accessories. Perennial CFDA winner Marc Jacobs was on hand to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award.
But as is usual, even in a room full of A-list celebrity and the gatekeepers of fashion, all eyes were on Lady Gaga, who received the Fashion Icon Award. She arrived in a heel-less platform shoes, a long custom-made Mugler skirt, a black corset and a short blue wig. For her acceptance speech, she dropped the skirt, and by the the time she got to the afterparty at the Standard Hotel, she had dismissed the bodice as well, leaving only a thong with black spikes, and a sheer body suit. R&B Legend Patti LaBelle invited her on stage to sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ before the DJ took over and the newly minted Fashion icon danced into the night.