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The Real Winners of Last Night’s CFDA Fashion Awards

  • Kempt Staff


The fashion cognoscenti gathered at Lincoln Center for the annual CFDA Fashion Awards last night—and, as expected, there was plenty of good style on display. (And plenty of Rihanna on display.)

And while we were pleased to see Public School get some well-deserved shine by winning the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, they weren’t the only ones who came out looking like winners.

Herewith, the real winners of last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards...»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Thom Browne

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Thom Browne

Last night, New York’s fashion elite flooded Lincoln Center in droves. Miles of silken-draped legs, notched lapels and graciously plunging necklines, all there to celebrate the next evolution of style and suiting at the 32nd installment of the CFDA Awards.

Top honors went to menswear elite Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown, Michael Bastian and our Man of the Hour, Thom Browne, taking home the title of CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year.

He swept the stage, accepting the award kitted out in the very same cropped-suit silhouette for which he is known.

Flashing a little leg will apparently get you everywhere.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Billy Reid

  • Najib Benouar

Billy Reid is on a tear. And when you look this good in your own designs, it’s no wonder.

Last night Mr. Reid took home the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year. And today he’s taking home MOTH honors—consider it a victory lap—with that pitch-perfect ivory double-breasted jacket and bow tie in check. When everyone else was treading in tuxedos or vaguely metallic suits, he stuck to his Southern gentleman roots. It’s what’s brought him success time and time again. And we don’t see it failing him anytime in the near future. Bravo, Billy.

An honorable mention goes to Prabal Gurung, who cleaned up nice and made an impeccable choice in arm candy: Zoe Saldana. See them in action after the jump.»

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

When someone shows up to an A-list fashion clusterfuck—in this case, the other night's CFDA Awards—dressed like a metrosexual maharajah on meth—in this case, *Vogue* editor-at-extra-large André Leon Talley—you should of course avoid having your picture taken with said person at all costs. For one thing, clownishness of costume on such a grand scale is highly contagious, and will more than likely rub off on anyone who touches it.

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Dropping Names: The horridly named Juicy Couture Men's has rebranded themselves as "Dirty English," a marginal improvement at best. [DNRNews]

Mayor McCheese: Did you know that Michael Bloomberg is a style icon? No? Him either. [Newsday]

Award Season: The CFDAs are tonight. Is your fave nominated? [Men.Style]

Working Girls: Also from Men.Style, a collection of the finest women in fashion. We can think of a few they missed, but enjoy nonetheless. [Men.Style]

The High Council


There’s nothing like a little competition to stir the blood.

The nominations for the CFDA Awards were announced today, with Kempt favorites Thom Browne and Tom Ford picking up menswear nods, along with Michael Bastian. Due respect to Mr. Bastian, but we’re more excited about seeing the two T(h)oms face off. We like to think of it as bare chest vs. bare ankle. Mr. Browne took the prize last year, but we wouldn’t put it past him to bring it home again.

Having said that, our heart is with Mr. Ford.