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
WEAR: Vera Wang top and skirt; Bulgari necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings
WHO: Emily Blunt
WEAR: Christopher John Rogers suit; Bulgari necklace, earrings, and rings
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)
WHO: Aubrey Plaza
WEAR: Thom Browne outfit; Ananya ring; Grace Lee earrings and ring
WHO: Emily Ratajkowski
WEAR: Miu Miu outfit
WEAR: Tom Ford dress; David Yurman bracelet; Le Vian earrings
WHO: Anna Wintour
WHO: Ashley Olsen
WEAR: The Row dress
WHO: Kid Cudi
WEAR: ERL gown
WHO: HoYeon Jung
WEAR: Louis Vuitton dress
WHO: Paloma Elsesser
WEAR: Peter Do outfit
WHO: Drew Barrymore
WEAR: Christian Siriano dress; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and ring
WHO: Hari Nef
WEAR: Coach coat, dress, and bag; KatKim ring; Eéra ring
WHO: Carly Cushnie
WHO: Precious Lee
WHO: Zazie Beetz
WHO: Cara Delevingne
WHO: Aurora James
Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.
Emily Ratajkowski Wore the Trend People Are Buying Instead of Square-Toe Shoes
Hint: It's elegant.
By Allyson Payer
Emily Ratajkowski Can't Stop Wearing These Perfect Reebok Sneakers
They're an off-duty staple.
By Drew Elovitz
The Easy Styling Trick Every Celebrity Uses When They Want to Look Elegant
So easy, so chic.
By Natalie Munro
The Top 11 Celebrity Stylists Right Now and Who They're Dressing
The best in the biz.
By Erin Fitzpatrick
Lauren Chan's Collaboration With Universal Standard Is Redefining Luxury
"People look like they feel powerful in these garments."
By Ana Escalante
Dakota Johnson Wore the Fashion-Person Legging Outfit That's Perfect for Flights
Love a good legging outfit trend.
By Allyson Payer
J.Lo Wore a Completely Sheer Top and Controversial Accessory for Her SNL Arrival
In true J.Lo style.
By Allyson Payer
These Are the Only Grammys After-Party Looks You Need to See
From Sabrina Carpenter to Selena Gomez.
By Eliza Huber