There are many nights throughout the year where celebrities in gowns are the preamble to an awards show or film festival, the focus only for a couple hours before the real honors and events become the focus. But at the annual CFDA Awards, fashion is the entire point.
On Monday night in New York City, industry leaders and their muses, biggest fans, and clients gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to be glamorous and honor each other for excellence in fashion and style. Anne Hathaway, this year’s host, wore not one, but two beautiful gowns, while Serena Williams accepted the Fashion Icon Award in custom Thom Browne (who happens to be CFDA chairman). Other awardees included Gwyneth Paltrow and her Innovation Award presented by Amazon Fashion, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for American accessory designer of the year, and Chilean-born designer María Cornejo received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.