CFDA Fashion Awards 2016
Early this week in NYC, the Hammerstein Ballroom hosted the annual ‘ Council of Fashion Designers ‘ or ‘CFDA’ awards. From 1962, the CFDA has promoted and rewarded the progression of American fashion and American fashion designers in an increasingly competitive creative world.
Awards are given to the best womenswear, menswear and accessories designer of the year, for journalism and creative accomplishments in the fashion world, as well as other tribute and sponsorship awards.
Highlights of the night included a showcase of admiration to the recently deceased David Bowie for his influence in fashion, Tilda Swinton collected the board of director’s ‘ Tribute’ award on behalf of the starry fashion icon.
Other awards went to Beyonce for the ‘Fashion Icon Award’ – an award that has previously been won by the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Despite rumours it was to be awarded to the First Lady, Beyonce collected her awards with a speech highlighting how she needed her family to make early stage costumes ‘high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls’.
Mark Jacobs won the ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’ and Thom Browne collected ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ awards for their innovative and bold approach to fashion design.