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Last night the 28th annual CDFA awards were held at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre in New York and the fashion glitterati were out in force to support the winners and nominees.

Fashion Icon award winner Iman attended the event with husband David Bowie, who looked effortlessly stylish in a black suit with a loosely draped cravat. There was also a host of top designers who looked ever-so-dapper in their suits including Marc Jacobs, who took home the coveted womenswear designer of the year award, as well as Jason Wu and Peter Som amongst many others, each with a beautiful model on their arm – showcasing the designer’s clothing of course.

It was American design duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag and Bone who were awarded Menswear designer of the year, beating Tom Ford and Michael Bastian to the accolade. After winning the 2007 Swarovski award for emerging talent the label, which is known for its mix of British feel tailoring with understated sportswear, has become one of the most covetable – and wearable – menswear brands. Receiving this years Swarovski emerging talent award for menswear was up-and-coming designer Richard Chai, who after already being known for his successful womenswear designs, launched his menswear line in 2008.

So the American version of the fashion Oscars brought the US style mavens out to play but it was International Award winner and Burberry designer Christopher Bailey who gave us the most valuable lesson in sartorial elegance with his classic suit and relaxed look – not to mention his comments to about the differences between the CDFAs and our own version, the British Fashion Awards, saying, ‘The sentiments are the same, but I think the Brits drink a lot more.’ Really? Us? No…

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