High Life: More 2009 CFDA Awards Coverage

At the 2009 CFDA Awards, Tracey Ullman ribbed Marc Jacobs, and Jack White gave Anna Sui the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Italo Zucchelli

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“We’re both obsessed with the beauty and inspiration of music, and we’re both, I think, inspired by multiple eras,” the White Stripes front man said, going on to give his definition of Sui’s timeless fashion: “It’s not emulation or re-creation or even false modernity. It is a beauty that can exist in any era — past, present, or future — and not suffer the wrath of novelty or fad.”

The videos for the nominees had their moments, with Eleanor Lambert Award winner Jim Moore of GQ recruiting a star-studded cast that included Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Cruise for his; Graydon Carter spoofing Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire with various nominees, and Jacobs and LVMH chief Bernard Arnault trading compliments until Jacobs drew one of the biggest laughs of the night. Of Arnault he said: “You don’t get overpraised, but he’s like the farmer in that pig movie [“Babe”], and sometimes you’ll get a ‘That’ll do, pig.’”

Unfortunately, the evening’s winners had trouble e-mailing, texting or Twittering their good news due to the poor reception in the theater. So after winning Womenswear Designer of the Year, Laura Mulleavy went out to the lobby to call her mom. “She said she knew we would win,” Mulleavy said. “But she also thinks she’s psychic.”

Across town, Nicolas Cage, Audrey Marnay, Irina Lazareanu and Michelle Hicks gathered at Rose Bar to help Sui celebrate her prize. Meanwhile, the Mulleavys partied with Kirsten Dunst, McCollough and Hernandez, Daphne Guinness, Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang and Dree Hemingway under the disco ball at The Ballroom at the Jane Hotel. Opening Ceremony and Black Frame hosted the bash at the new hot spot, which lasted well into the wee hours.


After the CFDA ceremony and a buffet dinner that went more or less untouched, Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Carey Mulligan, Donna Karan, Molly Sims and Lake Bell headed down to the High Line, where Calvin Klein Collection hosted a fete in honor of the Friends of the High Line’s opening summer benefit. Calvin Klein menswear designer Italo Zucchelli tied with Band of Outsiders for Menswear Designer of the Year. While some guests took advantage of the well-stocked and well-staffed bar, others plotted ways to get close to Bradley Cooper.


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