Calvin Klein's Costa was named Womenswear Designer of the Year, while Thom Browne won the award for men's wear. Tom Binns was honored with the Accessory Designer of the Year award.
Stan Herman, CFDA's departing president, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Bruce Weber was given the Eugenia Sheppard Award, which recognizes members of the fashion media. Joan Kaner, Neiman Marcus' former senior vice president and fashion director, took home the Eleanor Lambert Award. Stephen Burrows received the Board of Directors' Special Tribute and Rochas' Olivier Theyskens was given the International Award.
Swarovski's Perry Ellis awards, which celebrate up-and-coming talent, went to Doo-Ri Chung for women's wear; Trovata's Jeff Halmos, Josia Lamberto-Egan, Sam Shipley and John Whitledge for men's wear, and Devi Kroell for accessories design.
"I'm not nervous. I'm very excited," said Costa, snapping his fingers. "I just want to have a good time and fun tonight."