2016 CFDA Fashion Awards Best Dressed List

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

On June 6, the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards brought the biggest names in fashion to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Swarovski collaborated with CFDA again this year to honor the fashion industry’s most successful luminaries.

Host Joel McHale, formerly of The Soup and star of NBC’s Community, kept the night lively and unexpected with his comedic presence. Memorable winners include Donna Karan for the Founders Award presented by Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year presented by Claire Danes. Plus, Lady Gaga’s former stylist, Brandon Maxwell, took home the Swarovski Award for Womenswear presented by Karlie Kloss and Ansel Elgort.

Beyoncé stole the show in her Givenchy tux during her powerful Fashion Icon Award acceptance speech. The 34-year-old singer was supported by husband Jay Z, mother Tina Knowles and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Although the event was not televised, it certainly did not lack social media buzz. CFDA provided viewers with “a front row seat” through its live story on Snapchat and live tweets throughout the entire event. Karlie Kloss also took over Glamour’s Snapchat and documented both the show and after party.

Other notable attendees included: Diane von Furstenberg, Heidi Klum, Thom Browne, Jenna Lyons, Emily Ratajkowski, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Laverne Cox, Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ryan Seacrest Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell Tory Burch, Bestsey Johnson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jennifer Hudson, Victor Cruz Taylor Hill, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer and Olivia Wilde

Following the annual event, Samsung hosted an invite-only after party inside its interactive technological playground known as Samsung 837.

Photos by Neil Rasmus/


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