2010 February 5
(NEW YORK) On Wednesday night, guests were warmly welcomed inside DvF's studio to celebrate Swedish designer Gohar Rajabzadeh, the first winner of the CFDA's Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship. Gohar, a senior at the Miami International University of Art & Design, received rave reviews from the crowd, including Diane von Furstenberg, Art Ortenberg, Elie Tahari, Erin Fetherston, and Cathy Horyn. Ortenberg, looking snazzy in a black suit and red socks, toasted the lucky winner while DVF wove gracefully between friends and press playing the dutiful hostess in a chic pair of over-the-knee black boots. "Because I'm from Sweden, I use a lot of inspiration from the nature, the weather," said the guest of honor. "I love to play with texture and to get inspired by the actual fabrics. I just want to design for the everyday girl." Sounds like she'll fit right in with the Claiborne crowd. Rajabzadeh will put the $25,000 scholarship towards a master's degree.