Last night in New York, the CFDA Awards were presented to the designers of the year and new talent. While most of the winners in the various categories were already known, the list of contenders for the major awards was no less interesting than the Oscars. So, the winners of the main categories of the Council of Fashion Designers of America were:
“Women’s Designer of the Year” – Katherine Holstein, Khaite.
“Men’s Designer of the Year – Emily Bode, Bode.
“Best Accessory Designer of the Year – Raoul Lopez, Luar
“New Designer of the Year – Elena Velez
Winning a CFDA award is an honour for designers and celebrities alike. For example, Elena Velez dresses street style star Julia Fox in 2022. The award on the same evening went to the stylist of Zendaya, Kerry Washington and many other celebrities, Low Roach. Incidentally, the Best Stylist category was only established this year. The Board of Trustee’s commemorative award was given posthumously to Virgil Abloh, whose widow Shannon received the statuette.
There was no shortage of familiar names. Singer Lenny Kravitz was named Fashion Icon this year, while the Amazon Innovation Award went to Kim Kardashian and her lingerie brand Skims.
There was a star-studded gathering on the white carpet as Kim Kardashian’s family support group of sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kylie and mum Kris Jenner were joined by the muses of the nominated designers, Influencers and celebrities. So, among them were Cher, Justin Theroux, Vanessa Hudgens, Janelle Monae, Katie Holmes, Amanda Seyfried, Christina Ricci, Irina Sheik, Bradley Cooper, Anna Wintour, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Culpo, Ella Emhoff, Jill Courtlev, Amber Valletta, Kiki Palmer, Carolyn Murphy, Tinashi, Zoe Deutsch, Paloma Elsesser, Rachel Brosnahan, Shalom Harlow, Diane von Furstenberg, Conan Grey, Vera Wang, Martha Stewart, Candace Bushnell and others.