2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Honors Big Names, Emerging Talent

Rihanna in a custom-designed dress and headpiece by Adam Selman. Photo: Hollywood Reporter

Rihanna in a custom-designed dress and headpiece by Adam Selman. Photo: Hollywood Reporter

It’s been another great year in fashion and it definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored those who are making big impressions and strides in the fashion world. The program airs today online.

As it often does, the world of fashion and entertainment collided at the awards show. Director and screenwriter John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) was host, while big stars like Lupita Nyong’o, James Marsden and Keri Russell were presenters.

But even faces we know and love from the big screen took home awards of their own. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen won the Accessories Designer of the Year award for their line, The Row. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour presented Rihanna with the Fashion Icon award while complimenting the singer on using clothes to convey a story.

The event also honored those who are still blooming in the fashion industry. Three Swarovski Awards, which honor emerging talent, were presented and allowed the winners to receive financial support from Swarovski to continue their company’s endeavors.

“The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said. “Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons.”

Racial diversity, outstanding journalism and fashion students were also recognized at the event.

The CFDA is a not-for-profit association that creates programs and scholarships to foster excellence in fashion. Watch the webcast of the red carpet coverage and the awards show today at 11 a.m. here.

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