The catchy phrase du jour, “woke” was a theme at the 16th annual CFDA Awards, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom Monday night, as the seemingly sub-zero temps on the multi-hued carpet made sure all in attendance were standing at attention. Though designers and guests said it was purely coincidental, a seemingly disproportionate number of partygoers coordinated perfectly with the pink, navy, royal blue, teal, and green entrance set up along West 34th Street.
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent nominee, Sander Lak of Sies Marjan, arrived with date Brit Marling, who was en pointe in pink with a touch of light green. The two claimed their mutual admiration. “It’s like an arranged fashion marriage,” the Dutch designer said. Lak and Marling pointed out that the loose silhouettes of Sies Marjan were good for over-indulging. “I’ve got a tote bag full of candy,” said Marling. “I’m Dutch and there is free food here so I’m going to go for it,” the designer chimed. “Win or not, take the food.”
Claiming she had nothing to do with the Swarovski-sponsored step and repeat’s color combo, Nadja Swarovski was on theme, wearing a navy blue gown by Brandon Maxwell, the new Geoffrey Beene, according to the crystal queen. Swarovski is deeply committed to sustainability and was sporting the brand’s new fine jewelry line, which is made from lab-manufactured diamonds and emeralds, then paired with the Austrian crystal. “The process is environmentally friendly and doesn’t harm workers like some aspects of traditional mining,” noted Swarovski. “And wouldn’t we, as women, feel better knowing that they were sourced sustainably?”