All the Dazzling Red Carpet Looks From the CFDA Awards


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American designers always have one event circled on their calendars in thick red pen: the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which honors the fashion industry's top talent. This year's red carpet was filled to the brim with well-dressed celebrities such as Zendaya, Ciara, host Emily Blunt, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who all came with their fashion A game to support the nominees. Ashley Olsen was a guest as well as a nominee—The Row founders were contenders for the American Accessory Designer of the Year award but ultimately lost to Telfar Clemens. 

"The 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards mark the much-anticipated in-person return to our biggest fundraiser for CFDA's scholarship programs," CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said in a statement. "We're also incredibly pleased to see several talented names among the nominees for the first time. American fashion is experiencing a renewed energy, and these designers play a significant role in the future trajectory of our industry."

Keep reading to see the night's top winners and the best red carpet looks.

American Womenswear Designer of the Year: Christopher John Rogers for Christopher John Rogers

American Menswear Designer of the Year: Emily Adams Bode for Bode

American Accessory Designer of the Year: Telfar Clemens for Telfar

American Emerging Designer of the Year: Edvin Thompson for Theophilio

Fashion Icon: Zendaya

Face of the Year: Anya Taylor-Joy


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WHO: Zendaya

WEAR: Vera Wang top and skirt; Bulgari necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings


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WHO: Emily Blunt

WEAR: Christopher John Rogers suit; Bulgari necklace, earrings, and rings


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WHO: Anya Taylor-Joy

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta outfit; Tiffany & Co. jewelry; Gigi Burris hat; Stuart Weitzman pumps; Wolford Individual 10 Back Seam Tights ($57)


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WHO: Aubrey Plaza

WEAR: Thom Browne outfit; Ananya ring; Grace Lee earrings and ring


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WHO: Iman


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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski

WEAR: Miu Miu outfit


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WHO: Ciara

WEAR: Tom Ford dress; David Yurman bracelet; Le Vian earrings


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WHO: Anna Wintour


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WHO: Ashley Olsen

WEAR: The Row dress


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WHO: Kid Cudi

WEAR: ERL gown


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WHO: HoYeon Jung

WEAR: Louis Vuitton dress


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WHO: Paloma Elsesser

WEAR: Peter Do outfit


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WHO: Drew Barrymore

WEAR: Christian Siriano dress; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and ring


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WHO: Hari Nef

WEAR: Coach coat, dress, and bag; KatKim ring; Eéra ring


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WHO: Carly Cushnie


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WHO: Precious Lee


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WHO: Zazie Beetz


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WHO: Cara Delevingne


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WHO: Aurora James

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