[CLOTHING] Vera Wang Named Top Women's Wear Designer
- Vera Wang is named top women's wear designer
John Varvatos takes the menswear honors at N.Y. fashion event.
By Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Vera Wang was honored with American fashion's highest award on
Monday night, receiving the Council of Fashion Designers of
America's Womenswear Designer of the Year award. The awards, held at
the New York Public Library, also singled out John Varvatos as
Menswear Designer of the Year.
Wang, a former Vogue editor, revolutionized the bridal wear market
in the 1990s, offering simple, modern alternatives to the prevailing
frou-frou styles. She gained worldwide attention for designing Nancy
Kerrigan's skating costumes at the 1994 Olympics. Wang also has
ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty and tabletop collections. Fall
2000 marked the first collection for Varvatos, who has a store in
L.A. on Robertson Boulevard and is known for his sleek, understated
menswear. He is also a brand powerhouse, with leather goods, shoes
and a fragrance.
Kate Moss, the British model known for her waifish style, accepted
an award for fashion influence from David Bowie at the gala,
attended by industry insiders and celebrities. CFDA Executive
Director Peter Arnold noted the individuality she expresses in
choosing her own looks and not relying on stylists.
Diane von Furstenberg was honored for her three decades in the
fashion business. Norma Kamali also received a special tribute,
during which she jokingly took the blame for starting the shoulder-
pad craze of the late 1970s.
Emerging designers honored included Derek Lam for women's wear and
Alexandre Plokhov for his Cloak menswear label.
Marc Jacobs was named accessory designer of the year for the third
time, while Lanvin's Alber Elbaz received the International Award
for his creative contribution to fashion.
Winners were selected by more than 450 editors, stylists, designers