Last night’s Style Awards may have kicked off Fashion Week (and, unfortunately, Rosh Hashanah…though that didn’t seem to stop Zac Posen from attending), but that wasn’t the only “first” it had going for it. Presented in partnership with CNN (who will be getting original content during all of Fashion Week,) the 10th Annual Style Awards were taped, but not for a live performance…the ceremony will “premiere” on Saturday, September 14. Which seems a little odd, since that’s way after Fashion Week, but oh well! The mood in Lincoln Center’s Theater was oddly subdued, despite the A-list attendees including host Nicole Richie, Amar’e Stoudemire, Victor Cruz, Kate Upton, Christie Brinkley and a special performance by Ariana Grande. Perhaps that had something to do with the night’s MC, VH1′s Sherrod Small, who tried his best to get the room laughing, but clearly didn’t know that the majority of the fashion industry are not straight men.
Click through our photo slideshow for more of the evening’s highlights.
Victor Cruz, Janie Bryant and Jessica Pare
Mr. Cruz, winner of Most Stylist Athlete of the Year, thanked Amar’e Stoudemire and someone who was on the board of the Met. (???) Janie Bryant recieved her award for Costume Designer of the Year (TV) from Mad Men actress Jessica Pare. (Getty)
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
One of our favorite fashion people. The woman behind Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week compared the event to "having a kid...though I three of my own here tonight." She said she wanted her children to "see why mommy has been missing for six weeks." This year, Ms. Wolkoff is introducing all original content from Fashion Week itself; including packages for CNN.
Rocking the aquamarine. "I'm going to be introducing a few signature jewelry pieces into my line soon," the creator of Ramy Brook told The Observer. "Mainly as a way to compliment and enhance our clothing."
André Leon Talley
Presented Zac Posen with the "Designer of the Year" award.
Sitting to our left was the 22-year-old designer for Lady Gaga. Since our table had just vodka and various brands of Crystal Light Liquid, we had to make due with a new form of punch: We named this one "The Mirano." By the end we were all feeling a bit punchy ourselves. "Kate Upton is only 21?" Mr. Mirano moaned. "That makes ME feel old!"
Trish Summerville (center)
The Costume Designer of the Year for Film, Trish Summerville, was also sitting with The Observer, along with her wife (left), makeup artist Gregory Arlt (top left) and model/actress Ingrid Schram. We kept brandishing our tattoos for the designer of Katniss and Lisbeth Salander's unique style, but she was too busy writing her own speech, not trusting the prompters. (Good call.)
Anna Wintour makes a video appearance
Talk about the odds being ever in your favor...
John Varvatos's cue cards
Since the show wasn't live, there were several interstitial moments when the room was forced to be silent so a designer could answer questions asked by a presenter. Here is Joe Manganiello (from True Blood), who presented Mr. Varvatos with Menswear Designer of the Year, was unfortunate enough to be sitting directly under CNN's ad hoc prompter.