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Swarovski & CFDA Host Cocktails for 2016 Nominees


Last night, inside the historic 100 Barclay Street lobby, Swarovski and the CFDA hosted a carnival-themed cocktail hour for the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards Swarovski nominees. Designer nominees including Brandon Maxwell, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse, the Orley trio – Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley – and more created custom crystal pennants for the giant pinwheel that served as a photo booth backdrop. Inside, fortunetellers predicted which designers would be taking home an award in the womenswear, menswear and accessories categories on June 6th. (Recipients will walk away with financial support from Swarovski as well as exposure to the company’s vast crystal resources.) Designers Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, Gigi Burris, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, and Ryan Roche took in the activities. Maxwell, meanwhile, paused to take in the moment. “When they called to say I was nominated I walked around the room crying for two hours. Asking myself, am I so jet-lagged and crazy that I dreamed that up?” he said. “It’s so surreal to me to be here and apart of this fantastic group of designers.”

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Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Browne Andrews. Photo by BFA.

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Inside the Swarovski x CFDA cocktail party. Photo by BFA.

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May Kwok. Photo by BFA.

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Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport. Photo by BFA.

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Whitney Pozgay of WHIT. Photo by BFA.

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Paul Andrew. Photo by BFA.

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Inside the Swarovski x CFDA cocktail party. Photo by BFA.

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Inside the Swarovski x CFDA cocktail party. Photo by BFA.

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Ryan Roche. Photo by BFA.

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Jennifer Fisher. Photo by BFA.

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Gigi Burris and Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport. Photo by BFA.

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Aurora James of Brother Vellies. Photo by BFA.

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Yigal Azrouel. Photo by BFA.

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Gigi Burris. Photo by BFA.

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Rio Uribe, Alex Orley, Samantha Orley, Matthew Orley. Photo by BFA.