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Girl Power: The Fourth Annual DVF Awards

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Friday night marked the fourth annual DVF awards, and newfangled British crooner Paloma Faith perhaps summed up the evening best. “It’s important that we as women get together and celebrate each other rather than what sometimes happens, or what is sometimes encouraged in the media—to be against each other,” said the singer, who accessorized her outfit with a statement-making necklace that read, “FEMINIST.”

Held at the United Nations, the annual event—which was hosted by von Furstenberg and Tina Brown—honors five women who have exhibited courage and leadership in their respective fields, and who have helped to advance the lives of other women in the process. This year’s winners—including Robin Roberts, Natalia Vodianova, Sunitha Kirshnan, Andeisha Farid of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, and Tammy Tibbetts of She’s the First—will all receive $50,000 grants from von Furstenberg’s foundation for continued charitable work and development. And everyone from Olympian Gabrielle Douglas—a.k.a. the “Flying Squirrel”—and Olivia Wilde to Mario Testino, Fran Lebowitz, and Gloria Steinem turned out to toast the winners.

Despite her broken arm (she opened her introduction to the crowd by emphatically stating “I will never. Go skiing. Again,” referring to last week’s accident in Aspen), von Furstenberg shone with as much poise as ever. “Style is about confidence. Look at Robin Roberts—she just went through the most horrible year—but her beauty, her light inside, is so big, and she’s beautiful. That’s the real beauty.”

Photos: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Robin Givhan Reportedly Among The Layoffs At Newsweek

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Fashion critic Robin Givhan will leave her post at Newsweek/The Daily Beast at the end of the year, Daily Intel is reporting , one of a number of staffers who were laid off from or voluntarily departed the outlet this week. Givhan told the blog that she’s planning to finish working on a book about the Grand Divertissement à Versailles, the historic 1973 fashion show that served as a coming-out party for both American designers and African-American models , and search for a new job. Givhan joined Tina Brown’s enterprise from the The Washington Post, where she earned a Pulitzer Prize for her criticism.

Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com

Girls’ Night Out

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“Every woman in the fashion business has a girl crush on DVF,” Tina Brown said of her co-host Friday night at the United Nations, where she and the designer were holding the third annual DVF Awards honoring extraordinary women. “I even thought I would rename myself Tina von Brown for a while,” she said jokingly to the audience.

But the night was not about DVF or Brown (though both are extraordinary), so Brown turned the mic over to the award presenters, including actresses Debra Winger and Jessica Alba, who were handing off the Anh Duong–designed statues to the likes of Oprah and Jaycee Dugard. “I think there’s a lot of social movements out there, but very few are effective,” Alba, who was presenting to Rio-based “grafiteira” Pamela Castro, told Style.com before the ceremony got started. “She [Castro] has found a way to really touch people. She educates women through her art—it’s very sexy and provocative, but also heartbreaking.”

The evening came to a grand crescendo when Oprah took the stage. “No matter how many margaritas I’ve had, I always make to at least one knee to pray every single day,” she told the audience, attributing her great philanthropic work to higher powers. “Everything that comes from me comes from something that’s bigger than me.” Before handing the inspiration award to Dugard, she said, “When I saw Jaycee’s interview with Diane Sawyer, I kept thinking of myself at 11 years old, on the way to school, and abducted, snatched, taken, and held prisoner for 18 years. Just take that in for a moment.” By the time Oprah closed out her speech, a good portion of the audience was in tears. “It’s my honor tonight to present the inspiration award, and I don’t even know if inspiration is a big enough word to encompass what Jaycee means to me and so many other victims of sexual violence, but she is exceptional as a woman and as a human being.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…

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The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]

Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]

Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]

Photos: Getty Images

Michelle Obama: The Model Years

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Yesterday, over plates of halibut and pomegranate salad at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG, some of fashion’s most powerful women gathered in honor of perhaps the industry’s most hotly debated topic of late: Michelle Obama. Tod’s and Tina Brown hosted the icon-studded group, which included Iman, Veronica Webb, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Tory Burch, and Michelle Obama favorites Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Sophie Théallet. The catalyst for the serene occasion (an ideal respite from the chaos taking place at NYFW outposts around the city) was the launch of Kate Betts’ book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

While many might contend that the subject of the First Lady’s wardrobe has become its own “dead horse,” yesterday’s luncheon revealed that a few Michelle Obama style stones had been left unturned. For one, her effect on “big girls,” as The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown (left, with Betts) put it. “She’s made big girls comfortable. I love her unabashed big girl-ness. I like that about her: Her imperfections are what make her so appealing.” As for whether or not the First Lady should stick to American designers? “I think she should wear whatever the hell she likes.”

“I don’t think anyone has really looked at her style in the context of First Lady style,” Betts added. “We always compare her to Jackie, but I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning and see why style matters for first ladies. I also wanted to look at her style in a broader cultural context. And to look at why her style mattered to her in her trajectory from the South Side of Chicago, to Princeton, to Harvard, to a Chicago law firm, to the White House, and why her style became a sort of talisman for her—something that she held onto for herself in places that were places that were not necessarily the most friendly places for somebody like her.” And that includes moonlighting as a model. Betts discovered that the First Lady worked as a mannequin for three friends (also aspiring fashion designers) during her days at Princeton. And, how does Michelle feel about her former modeling days and style history being brought to light? “The response was very positive,” Betts said, smiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s