The 2013 CFDA awards, fashion's Oscars if you will, will be handed out in mere hours. The industry has been gathering to recognize and honor its leading talents since 1981. A lot has changed since the early years of the awards. What was once a small intimate industry event is now a widely covered celebrity event. "I think it reflects a broader shift over the last few years where fashion has become more and more popular," Style.com's editor in chief Dirk Standen told us. "The internet has had a lot to do with that. It's entertainment on a par with movies and music." So to prep you for tonight's awards we've assembled this handy primer. In it you'll find the complete list of nominees, our predictions on who will take home the big prizes, and all the celebrity presenters and attendees slated to show up.
It's too bad Christopher Bailey's fall 2013 Burberry show missed Valentine's Day by only about four days. Dubbed 'Trench Kiss' by the designer, it was the most romantic, loved-up collection we've seen from the designer. Perhaps it was a love note to all of Bailey's adoring fans--the front row included A-listers like Douglas Booth, Olivia Palermo, Melanie Laurent, Michelle Dockery, Rita Ora, Freida Pinto, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kate Beckinsale. There were hearts and leopard prints, which gave a quirky, girly twist to the brand's signature trenches and daywear.