Raf Simons wins both top fashion honors at CFDA awards – The Detroit News

New York — Designer Raf Simons of Calvin Klein scored a uncommon double win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony on Monday, successful both womenswear and menswear honors at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.

The ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, had an activist bent this yr, reaching exterior the trade to honor feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Deliberate Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, and actress Janelle Monae for his or her involvement within the Ladies’s March on Washington in January. The three had been offered with the Board of Director’s Particular Tribute by designer Diane von Furstenberg, who mentioned they'd “epitomized and crystallized” the march.

In her remarks, Steinem, a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, mentioned the nation is experiencing “a time of hope, but additionally of hazard.”

“There's backlash from Trump to terrorists towards the type of equality and understanding and easy humanity that we try for,” Steinem mentioned. “So like a lady leaving a violent family, who's then most probably to be injured or killed as a result of she is escaping management, we, too, are escaping management. We now have to watch out and look out for one another.”

“Now there may be extra activism than I've ever seen in my lifetime,” she added. “Perhaps we're about to be free.”

Simons, previously of Dior, has made an enormous splash in American fashion since arriving at Calvin Klein at the start of the yr. The Belgian designer offered his debut assortment for Calvin Klein in February, to rave evaluations. That present was not with out social commentary. It opened and closed, pointedly, with the David Bowie music, “This isn't America.”

“If we as creatives will be an inspiration for a way the world ought to look,” Simons mentioned in his speech Monday night time, “I feel that it’s one thing we must always take as an important activity.”

Actress Nicole Kidman offered him with the womenswear award.

Different movie star presenters included actresses Kerry Washington and Mandy Moore, and singer Jon Bon Jovi.

Richards, talking after Steinem, earned cheers from the group when she mentioned, “well being care isn’t a privilege, it’s a basic human proper.”

“The fashion trade has lengthy celebrated bodily autonomy and free expression and the correct of each particular person to reside their life on their very own phrases,” she mentioned. “On this second, at a time when these ideas are being threatened like by no means earlier than, you're rising as much as battle again.”

And in a nod to the extraordinarily modern crowd of designers and celebrities, Richards thanked the CFDA for “proving that wanting good and doing good go hand in hand.”

Monae, recalling the march in Washington, mentioned she was “reminded of all of these faces that I noticed … younger, outdated, homosexual, straight. I noticed totally different spiritual backgrounds, it didn’t matter as a result of they had been collectively as human beings, and that’s the one factor that left with me.”

Monae closed by asking the group to “converse out towards the sexism, the racism, the homophobia, the Islamophobia, and all these issues which might be continuously making an attempt to divide us.”

In different awards, the Swarovski award for rising expertise went to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of the Monse label. Additionally they are the designers of Oscar de la Renta. Accent designer of the yr went to Stuart Vevers of Coach.

Kenneth Cole gained an inaugural Swarovski award for constructive change, and the fashion icon award — which previously has gone to names like Rihanna and Beyonce — was given posthumously to Franca Sozzani, the previous editor in chief of Italian Vogue, who died in December. Vogue editor Anna Wintour choked again tears as she offered the award, which was accepted by Sozzani’s son, Francesco Carrozzini.

Designer Rick Owens gained a lifetime achievement award.

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