MUST WATCH VIDEO: RIHANNA Accepts Fashion Icon of the Year Award

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

This year, Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: "the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me."

See her acceptance speech below!

VIP ATTENDEES

CFDA & SWAROVSKI:

Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Nadja Swarovski

Nominees:

Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher, Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, Marc Alary, Marc Jacobs, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville for Rag & Bone, Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row, Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School, Rosie Assoulin, Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind, Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder, and Wes Gordon.

HONOREES:

Bethann Hardison, Rihanna, Paul Cavaco, Raf Simons for Christian Dior, Ruth Finley, and Tom Ford.

PRESENTERS:

Anna Wintour, Greta Gerwig, James Marsden, Keri Russell, Linda Wells, Lupita Nyong'o, Sidney Toledano, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Campbell, and Sebastian Stan.

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Anna Chlumsky, Bernadette Peters, Blake Lively, Bridget Moynahan, Brie Larson, Busy Phillips, Chris Kattan, Cicely Tyson, Emmy Rossum, Gia Coppola, Jaime King, Jennifer Hudson, Leilani Bishop, Olivia Wilde, Sophia Bush, Suki Waterhouse, Zoe Kazan, and Zoey Deutch.

FASHION/MODELS/SOCIAL/SPORTS VIP'S: Alessandra Ambrosio, Amy Fine Collins, Andrew Bolton, Andrew Saffir, Anja Rubik, Anne V., Bee Shaffer, Brad Goreski, Caroline Trentini, Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Coco Rocha, Constance Jablonski, Derek Blasberg, Dree Hemingway, Fei Fei Sun, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Harley Viera Newton, Heidi Klum, Hillary Rhoda, Iman, Jamie Bochert, Jen Brill, Jessica Stam, Jessica Joffe, Joan Smalls, John Demsey, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, Leigh Lezark, Liya Kebede, Malgosia Bela, Olivia Palermo, Tyson Beckford, Vanessa Traina, Victor Cruz, and Victoria Traina.

DESIGNERS: Aerin Lauder, Alexandre Birman, Alexis Bittar, Angel Sanchez, Anna Sui, Ariel Ovadia, B. Michael, Babi Ahluwalia, Betsey Johnson, Bibhu Mohapatra, Billy Reid, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Neuville, Christian Siriano, Coomi Bashin, Courtney Crangi, Cynthia Rowley, Danielle Snyder, David Meister, Deborah Lloyd, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Doo-Ri Chung, Eddie Borgo, Eric Javits, Erin Beatty, Francisco Costa, Gilles Mendel, Gregory Chait, Italo Zucchelli, Isaac Franco, James Mischka, Jana Matheson, Jeff Halmos, Jeffrey Banks, Jenna Lyons, Jodie Snyder, Johan Lindeberg, John Truex, John Bartlett, Josie Natori, Kara Ross, Kay Unger, Ken Kaufman, Kenneth Cole, Kevin Carrigan, Lisa Axelson, Lisa Mayock, Lisa Perry, Lisa Salzer, Luis Fernandez, Maria Cornejo, Marissa Webb, Mark Badgley, Max Osterweis, Melissa Joy Manning, Michael Kors, Michelle Smith, Mimi So, Mish Tworkowski, Misha Nonoo, Monica Botkier, Monique Lhuillier, Monique Péan, Nili Lotan, Olivier Theyskens, Pamela Love, Peter Som, Philip Crangi, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Dooley, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Richard Chai, Richard Lambertson, Sachin Ahluwalia, Sam Shipley, Scott Sternberg, Scott MacKinlay Hahn, Selima Salaun, Shane Baum, Shimon Ovadia, Simon Alcantara, Sofia Sizzi, Stacey Bendet, Stan Herman, Steven Alan, Steven Lagos, Stuart Vevers, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Ulrich Grimm, Vera Wang, Yigal Azrouël, and Zac Posen.

About the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

MUST WATCH VIDEO: RIHANNA Accepts Fashion Icon of the Year Award