On 2 June, the eyes of fashionistas around the world turned to New York, specifically, the Lincoln Centre, where took place the Association of American Designer awards, aka CFDA Awards. The glamorous ceremony, known as the ‘Oscars of Fashion‘ were, once again, very interesting (now, there has been no media that has not been dealt with in a transparent dress of Rihanna), while the people who were awarded were indisputably the most discussed (and this) year.
The big winner of the evening. The superstar left, taking with her the prize for the fashion icon of the year. Of course, as usual, the singer from Barbados manages to strongly be discussed, for the revealing outfit. Rihanna appeared with a transparent dress and scarf covered with crystals a barely-there mesh of 230,000(!) Swarovski crystals designed by Adam Selman to the awards show.
The designer won the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, for its overall contribution to the world of fashion.
‘It’s been a wonderful 25 years and I could have never achieved it without all the people in this room,’ he said while collecting the prize.
The designer behind the house Altuzarra was named Womenswear Designer of the Year. Altuzarra has already been proposed for CFDA 3 times while in 2011 he was the one who won the prize of the Union in order to strengthen the brand. The house Altuzarra exists since 2008 and is known for his feminine silhouettes and sophisticated aesthetic.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The famous duo behind the label The Row won the award for accessory designer of the year. Olsen were candidate with Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. This is not the first CFDA in their career as, in 2012, Mary-Kate and Ashley left the event with the Womenswear Designer award.
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Another duo monopolized the interest of the Union in 2014. The reason for Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, behind the label Public School. The two designers left winners for their unique Menswear, which is inspired by the monochrome and their cool streetwear.
The rest of the winners:
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters, Creatures of the Wind
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORIES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE
Raf Simons for Dior
THE MEDIA AWARD IN HONOR OF EUGENIA SHEPPARD
Only 27 managed to reach the goal of great designers!
Ashley Olsen adds another line to her resume with her recent induction to the Council of Fashion Designers of America board. The actress has become one of the ”Great” ones in fashion, and managed to win a seat on the board of CFDA. One of the two members of the label The Row and Elizabeth and James, just at 27, now sits in the most fashion-wise panel. A year after her success along with her twin sister, Mary-Kate, winning first prize in the design of women’s clothes.
The CFDA is a not-for-profit organization found in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert. However, for the last 4 years, Diane von Fürstenberg has been the group’s President. Their mission branches out in many positive directions. First and foremost, they want the point of fashion design to be seen as American art and culture, but they also focus on maintaining a code of ethics in professional, public and trade relations. The fashion industry in America is meant to grow and expand – and with creating partnerships and collaborations this becomes possible.
Furthermore two new members of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), including the label Prabal Gurung and Deborah Lloyd from label of Kate Spade. The strange thing is that while Ashley won a place, this was not the same with Mary-Kate. In fact, it is the first time that separated the two professional girls! The trio replace Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole and Isabel Toledo, who will join the special Emeritus Board – for designers who have given up their CFDA responsibilities, but are allowed to retain their title.