Going Gaga at the CFDA Awards

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by ? , Lady Gaga== The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards, Arrivals== Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center NYC== June 06, 2011== ├é┬ęPatrick McMullan== photo - Sylvain Gaboury/ ==
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Last night New York City was lit up with the sparkle and shine of the CFDA Awards; the Oscars of the fashion world, and a perfect excuse to don your very best dress and celebrate. While usually a relatively understated event, this years awards ceremony and the subsequent after-parties were anything but. Blame it on Gaga (or I suppose we should thank her) who was honored with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award which she accepted in a custom Mugler design featuring a detachable skirt, leather and lace corset, oh…and a spiked G-string, visible underneath a mesh cat-suit. Leave it to Mother Monster to stir that proverbial pot.

The awards themselves were exciting, if not somewhat predictable. The “Silver Fox” himself hosted the soiree, and revealed to the swooning audience that, not so surprisingly, he had been a Ford child model in his day. With those baby blues, how could he not have been? Marc Jacobs was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by the ever-demure Sophia Coppola, who re-coined it the “Half-Lifetime Award”, poking fun at the perhaps premature accolade. My boys Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler took home the award for Womenswear, while Michael Bastian finally received his praise for Menswear, while somewhat predictably, Alexander Wang took home the prize for Accessory design. The Swarovski Awards for Womens, Menswear and Accessory design went to Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller and Eddie Borgo respectively.

The night also honored The Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, who I personally grew up watching on Canada’s Fashion Television, iconic photographer Arthur Elgort, and Celine’s ultra-chic creative director Pheobe Philo, who was presented her award by a surprisingly humble Kanye West.

But the highlight of everyone’s evening, I am sure, came later that evening, at the Boom Boom Room after-party, where guests were treated to a surprise duet of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, performed by Miss Monster herself, and a fellow icon, Miss Patti Labelle. With her corset gone, and black pasties being the only thing to cover her up under her mesh and spiked thong, the duo had the crowd going absolutely wild. As the champagne flowed and the cheeks grew rosier, I couldn’t help but think; “Gee Toto, we’re certainly not in Kansas anymore.”


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