CFDA Awards 2011

The film industry might have the grandest awards season--and the longest--but when the fashion world celebrates its own, it's a truly memorable affair. Take last night's Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, for example. In addition to recognising the work of both established designers and emerging talent in womenswear, menswear, and accessories, the CFDA Awards also gave us a very stylish red carpet that boasted everything from chic cocktail looks to fancy-pants gowns. Plus, with presenters like Kayne West (who gave Phoebe Philo the International Award), Jessica Alba (who gave In Style's Hal Rubenstein the Founders Award), and Naomi Watts (who gave Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler the Womenswear Designer of the Year award) in attendance, as well as luminary attendees, including Lady Gaga (received the Fashion Icon award), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear), and Marc Jacobs (recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award), the night obviously merits coverage and celebration. Aside from the prizes, there were some truly spectacular looks last night, a handful of which we're delighted to showcase in today's Fashion Scene! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and thank you to the attendees for wearing such noteworthy ensembles! (Please visit the WhoWhatWear blog to see the full looks.)

WHO: Chanel Iman
WHAT: Model
WEAR: BCBGMAXAZRIA turquoise dress from the Resort 12 collection.

WHO: Liv Tyler
WHAT: Actress
WEAR: Proenza Schouler printed silk dress, belt, PS11 wristlet, and knit t-strap sandals from F/W 11 collection; Fred Leighton jewellery.

WHO: Liya Kebede
WHAT: Model/actress/designer of Lemlem
WEAR: Custom Derek Lam white and black halter dress from the S/S 12 collection.

WHO: Kirsten Dunst
WHAT: Actress
WEAR: Patrik Ervell navy wool twill tuxedo blazer with hand painted silk lapel, silk georgette button collar shirt, and navy wool twill formal pants; Prada shoes; Bulgari B. Zerol white gold and diamond bracelets; Bulgari PVD and diamond ring from the High Jewellery collection.

WHO: Chloe Sevigny
WHAT: Actress/designer/style icon
WEAR: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony custom leather ruffle eyelet top, custom cotton eyelet pencil skirt, and black and white ankle-strap heels, all from the Resort 12 collection.

WHO: Amber Heard
WHAT: Actress
WEAR: Custom Cynthia Rowley pale pink silk sheath dress with chiffon shell and black floral embroidery; Cynthia Rowley gold velvet d'orsay pumps from the F/W 11 collection.

WHO: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
WHAT: Swarovski Womenswear nominees
WEAR: Ashley: The Row dress; The Row bag from the Resort 12 collection; Manolo Blahnik shoes; Cartier jewellery. Mary-Kate: Chanel jacket from the Pre-Fall 11 collection; The Row skirt; The Row bag from the Resort 12 collection; Louis Vuitton shoes; Cartier jewellery.

WHO: Alessandra Ambrosio
WHAT: Model/Victoria's Secret Angel
WEAR: Prabal Gurung vermillion silk crepe bias cut gown with cutaway back detail from the F/W 11 collection; Nicholas Kirkwood by Prabal Gurung black satin sandals; Robert Lee Morris jewellery.

All photos, courtesy of Getty