NEW YORK (AP) _ Mandy Moore is a singer and an actress, and she also designs T-shirts under the label Mblem. But she doesn't call herself a fashion designer.

At Monday night's Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards, Moore said the likes of Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang _ who was named the year's top womenswear designer _ operated ``at a completely different level.''

``I'm just here as a fan of fashion. I don't have it in me to do this,'' the 21-year-old said.

However, Moore was quite pleased with the outfit she chose for the black-tie gala at the New York Public Library. ``It's vintage Bill Blass,'' she said of her short white dress with black appliques. ``I found it myself and I'm really proud of it. It's fun and fresh.''

She added a black crocodile Coach clutch purse and bright green stiletto sandals.

Also attending the fashion world's equivalent of the Oscars were Sarah Michelle Gellar, who wore a chocolate brown gown by Max Azria Atelier; Nicole Richie, who wore a blush-colored beaded gown by Michael Kors; and Claire Danes, who came with designer Behnaz Sarafpour.

Models Iman and Heidi Klum each arrived with their singer-husbands _ David Bowie and Seal, respectively. Iman wore a silver beaded gown with spaghetti straps and a pregnant Klum was in a black jersey Donna Karan gown.

Along with Wang, top CFDA honorees were John Varvatos for menswear and Marc Jacobs for accessory design. Kate Moss received an award for her fashion influence and Diane von Furstenberg received a lifetime achievement award.

___

On the Net:

http://www.cfda.com