CFDA Awards 2010

While celebrity street style always inspires us to go from one day to the next in on-trend ensembles, your Who What Wear editors can't help but go ga-ga for a good gala. After all, we're magpies for a touch of sparkle and can be serious geeks for glitz, hence our excitement about the annual CFDA Fashion Awards! The ceremony, which took place on Monday night at Lincoln Center, is always a must-attend event and invariably attracts the leaders of the fashion pack wearing boldly beautiful looks. But before we get to the fabulous frocks and, ahem, killer pantsuit, a little background on this illustrious event!

Every year, The Council of Fashion Designers of America honours the top names in fashion in a variety of categories, and this year's accolades went to tastemakers we truly could not live without. Michael Kors pocketed the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Marc Jacobs claimed another much-deserved Womenswear Designer of the Year statue, Alexis Bittar took home the title of Accessory Designer of the Year, Jason Wu won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and hometown favourite Alexander Wang snagged the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. And while Ralph Lauren may have won the CFDA's popular vote, it's the eleven attendees we present you with today who were cause for our personal sartorial celebration. These ladies not only brought style in spades, often opting for a cool palette of black and white or a bold pop of pattern, but they also instantly intrigued us with their unfussy looks. The simplicity of their red-carpet outfits remind us that looking chic is all about the harmony of a few well-chosen accessories highlighting the construction of a well-made piece. Which is