If the Met Gala is the Superbowl of fashion, CFDA Fashion Awards are definitely fashion’s Oscar’s. CFDA stands for The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and it represents a non-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than five hundred of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers. Since 1981, each June the international fashion community honors the best and brightest in American design at the CFDA Awards. They represent the highest honor in fashion and recognize the outstanding contribution made to American fashion, as well as in journalism, creative vision, personal style and lifetime achievement.
This year, the CFDA teamed up with Swarovski to introduce two new award categories, the Award for Emerging Talent and the Swarovski Award for Positive Change which honors an individual in the U.S. fashion industry who has made a positive impact on American communities and has improved the welfare of others. Now, let us forget for a second the #whoworewhat segment of the event and focus more on the state of awakening of fashion. At the last night’s 16th annual ceremony held at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, every nominated prize went to an immigrant designer and the three courageous women standing behind the Women’s March on Washington– Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards and Janelle Monáe. This powerful trio received the Board of Director’s Tribute. Fashion has definitely taken a stand and brought up important questions such as: How to support foreign talents that want to make it in America? How to boost the number of women in the fashion industry? How to look beyond fashion and create an industry that will set examples of equality for the U.S. and the world?
Regarding the fashion industry’s next steps, CFDA president, ever-inspiring Diane von Furstenberg and a double-winner Raf Simons concluded the similar thing. Furstenberg stated for Vogue: ‘Tonight, I just want to remind everyone that what we celebrate here is talent. Because we live in a world where everything is changing, all industries are changing, we don’t know where things go, but talent is talent. At the end, talent is the heart and the engine of our industry and it is what will make it not only survive but thrive.’ Simons’s statement echoed the ballroom: ‘To all the students, I want to say something: More than ever, it’s our task to inspire and to be an example for other people. I think if we as creatives can be an inspiration for how the world should look, I think that it’s something we should take as a very important task in our existence.’ He took home both Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year Award for Calvin Klein.
As for the rest of the categories, the Accessory Designer of the Year Award for Coach went to Stuart Vevers, the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent went to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse. The inaugural Swarovski Award for Positive Change was presented to Kenneth Cole by Jon Bon Jovi. The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rick Owens by his wife Michele Lamy. The glorious Franca Sozzani was posthumously presented the Fashion Icon award by Dame Anna Wintour. Sozzani’s son Francesco Carrozzini accepted the award on behalf of his late mother. The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Pat McGrath by Amber Valletta and Karen Nelson. Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and Balenciaga was recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Alek Wek.
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