CFDA Awards 2011: Lady Gaga’s Butt Is An Icon, Whitney Port And Proenza Look Fab

The CFDA Awards, hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers in America (hence the name CFDA), is appropriately dubbed the Oscars of fashion. Of course, the Council only recognizes American designers, but that is totally great with us because it reminds us that Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenburg and Vera Wang all claim this landspace as their own. The ceremony, a rather small affair that is about as easy to get invited to as the Royal Wedding, is the time when American designers get to walk with their current “muses.” Past award winners featured Iman (as an icon), Michelle Obama (as a special tribute) and Rodarte (best womenswear).

Lady Gaga and her sister Natali Germanotta at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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The real Oscars are for beauty and classic-ness, but the CFDA’s prove that a celeb has the fashion chutzpah to own the red carpet. And, of course, there was Lady Gaga, who is now an official CFDA Fashion Icon.

Love her, hate her, or shut off each time she is mentioned (which in all fairness, is quite a lot), her CFDA nod firmly cemented her status as a real game-changer, not just a punk kid in wacky boots. We love that she brought her vamped out sister Natali as her red carpet date. The piercing eyes and Italian fierceness is clearly genetic—though definitely NOT genetic was Gaga’s blunt cut aqua bob, which appeared front and center. However, we aren’t massive fans of her unwieldy and dragging train, which was reportedly such a hassle she couldn’t make it into the press room for interviews. Yet, in true Gaga-watching form, we wrestle with conflicting emotions on her acceptance getup: She ditched the train and then turned around to moon the industry—Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington included. Maybe not the most classic and respectful of moves, but hey, even as a game-changer, she still is a punk kid in wacky boots. But she wasn’t the only one who kept the paps a-snappin’.


Liv Tyler in Proenza Schouler, Lucy Liu in Monique Lhuillier, and Karolina Kurkova in Diane von Furstenberg at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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Liv Tyler, who was brought along with the big winning (super adorable) Proenza boys, nailed a summery red carpet in a colorful Proenza. The cut and wrap of the dress is mature but still ex-hippie chick (LIKE LIV HERSELF!). But the statuesque Lucy Liu attended with Monique Lhuillier, looking like she was crafted out of marbled swans in a floor-length black feathered dress and a super fitted bodice. With her elegant bun and strong neckline, Lucy was certainly the most graceful and classic looks of the evening. Model Karolina Kurkova demonstrated that hoodies are totally high fashion in a DVF, sequined goddess style stunner.


Jewelry designer Pamela Love, bag magnate Tory Burch, and the breathtaking L’Wren Scott at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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However, the group that really turned it out was—to our surprise even though it shouldn’t have been—the designers themselves. Celeb favorite Pamela Love embraced her wild side with a mesh Ralph Lauren floral garment. With her long hair pulled to the side and the super-fitted dress, we were definitely checking out more than just Love’s jewelry. Gown mistress L’Wren Scott showed off a killer body in a graphic, floor-length body-con dress, and accessories maven Tory Burch, a lady not known for stepping from behind her brand, looked absolutely radiant in this summer’s most-loved color, a flaxen yellow (with a bright pop of matching deliciousness on her feet!).

Designers doing style best: Cynthia Rowley, Amber Heard, Whitney Port, Ashley Olsen, and Mary-Kate Olsen at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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Keeping with all things yellow, Cynthia Rowley impressed in a cheery canary skirt, sticking close to her bud Amber Heard. Taking a page from the flowing mane/nude lips beauty trend of the Movie Awards, Whitney Port keeps things simple and refreshing in a Pamella Roland one-shouldered gown—her strawberry hair keeps things balanced. Of course, Mary Kate and Ashley (are they starlets or designers? Does it matter anymore?) looked positively phenom as mini-empire builders. Ashley stuck with a staid seafoam dress by her own The Row, but Mary Kate stole the show in a Chanel jacket and a The Row skirt, proving again bias-cut is having a moment.


Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez show the guys how it is done at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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In the guy’s corner, our boys Jack and Lazaro are *too cute*, making us wish (for our dude friends) that Proenza would finally launch a men’s line so everyone we know could cop their flawless swagger. The glow you see is from their big win; they scooped up the coveted Best Womenswear Designer award, which, given the line’s cult following, surprises no one. Well-deserved boys. We better get front row this year.