The Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrated themselves, and each other, with a grand fete at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall Monday night, where haute looks and warm weather ruled the red carpet.
Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg enthusiastically cast a vote of approval for CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award winner, Rihanna, who arrived Monday wearing a sparkly flapper dress and matching beanie.
“I think she’s hot,” DVF told Confidenti@l.
Supermodel Chanel Iman also looked hot — literally.
“It’s so hot! And this dress is heavy,” Iman said of her Monique Lhuillier gown.
Actress Greta Gerwig was feeling the heat, too, as an assistant followed her, dabbing sweat off her brow with a tissue as she arrived alongside designer Zac Posen.
Diversity Coalition founder Bethann Hardison was honored with the CFDA’s Founders Award for her work to racially diversify Fashion Week’s runways. Tom Ford was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dior’s Raf Simons won the organization’s International Designer Award.
The CFDAs were hosted by famed camp movie director John Waters, who opened the show wearing a white tie and holding a cardboard sign reading “CFDA Awards.” Waters told the crowd, “It’s not easy hitchhiking to Lincoln Center — especially in this outfit!”
Before the awards, Waters told Confidenti@l about the cross-county hitchhiking adventure he writes about in his new book, “Carsick.” His favorite ride came from a couple in Kansas, a roofer named Jupiter and an ex-Marine named Kitty, who recently had a baby and named it after Waters.
“They were like rebel kids. They had a deep past and were bitching about fashion in Wichita, which I loved,” he told us. “They were cooler than anyone in New York, and they were great.”
Sort-of-funnyman Chris Kattan briefly stole the spotlight when he arrived in leather shorts, screeching like a fool and photo-bombing models. That took some of the tension off Solange Knowles and Rachel Roy, who passed perilously close to each other upon arriving. The two reportedly butted heads at the Met Ball costume party last month, hours before Solange turned her anger toward brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator.
Other fashionistas in attendance Monday night were Joan Smalls, wearing Prabal Gurung; Emmy Rossum, in J. Mendel; Blake Lively and Karen Elson, in Michael Kors; and a Marchesa-clad Sophia Bush, who said her biggest fashion faux pas was “the ’90s.”