Johnny Depp received his first Oscar -- fashion's Oscar, that is -- but he didn't actually show up to collect it at Monday night's CFDA Fashion Awards, a star-studded event attended by top designers, supermodels and stylish VIPs at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
"Johnny, I love him, and I love the way he just says, 'Award ceremonies . . . that's not my thing,' " said designer Betsey Johnson.
Depp is the first man to receive the Fashion Icon award, which was presented by John Waters, who directed Depp in 1990's "Cry-Baby." "He's off in a desert somewhere shooting 'The Lone Ranger,' " said Waters, who accepted the award on Depp's behalf.
Those who did show to the Council of Fashion Designers of America shindig included sexy starlets Zoe Saldana and Julianne Hough (bubbling about her new film, "Rock of Ages" -- "I LOVE all those old songs"), Tommy Hilfiger (winner of the Lifetime Achievement award), and ageless Diane von Furstenberg (her gown had print-like hands grabbing at her.) Bernadette Peters flashed photos of a pooch she and her Broadway Barks charity just found a home for. And snowboard champion Shaun White looked surprisingly dapper, dude (in a tux by best new menswear nominee Antonio Azzuolo).
Winners of the night included The Row by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (best womenswear designer of the year), Billy Reid (menswear) and Reed Krakoff (accessories). The ceremony will be digitally broadcast on style.com Tuesday at noon.