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Lunchtime Roundup: Your Guide to the CFDA Coverage

Winner Iman looking appropriately iconic; Alexa Chung in the night's most controversial outfit
Winner Iman looking appropriately iconic; Alexa Chung in the night's most controversial outfit

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Miss last night's CFDA Awards and the attending Twitter frenzy? Don't worry—we've got a handy cheat sheet for you. The CFDA—Council of Fashion Designers of America—is to fashion what the Academy is to film, and last night's event was essentially its Oscars. Every spring, over 300 CFDA members and another 500-plus fashion insiders (journalists, store owners, stylists, even bloggers) fill out ballots nominating designers for the awards. Then the CFDA Board sorts and ratifies the votes with help from accounting firm Ernst & Young—which must be a rare fun assignment for those accountants who secretly love fashion. The selection committee votes on the final ballots, and the winners get pronounced at a ceremony on the first Monday of June.

Racked National lists the winners:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year: Rag & Bone
Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexis Bittar
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Jason Wu
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Richard Chai
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Alexander Wang
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Kors
Eleanor Lambert Award: Tonne Goodman, Vogue
International Award: Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Fashion Icon Award: Iman
Eugenia Sheppard Award: Kim Hastreiter, Paper
Board of Directors’ Special Tribute: Alexander McQueen
Of course, half the fun of the awards is seeing what people wore. Jezebel has a huge gallery up from the event, as does the Cut. Sugar Rock Catwalk identifies some major trends, including blush and printed columns. Stylelist notes that makeup was minimal other than the occasional dramatic smoky eye. And Fashion Tribes nominates the night's winners and losers, clothing-wise, from Phillip Lim in his denim jacket (they approved) to Alexa Chung in her granny dress (they did not.)

Still hankering for more CFDA news? Check out these four summaries from insiders:
· Fashioning a National Identity []
· CFDA 2010 Awards Ceremony - The Full Report [Stylelist]
· Who Won, Who Didn't and Who Brought Tears To My Eyes [Fashionista]
· CFDA Awards Highlights: Alexander McQueen's Tribute, Kim Hastreiter, Bloggers Mattering, and More [The Cut]

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