Raf Simons wins both top fashion honours at CFDA – Toronto Sun

NEW YORK — Designer Raf Simons of Calvin Klein scored a uncommon double win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony on Monday, profitable both womenswear and menswear honours 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 business to honour feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Deliberate Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, and actress Janelle Monae for his or her involvement within the Girls’s March on Washington in January. The three have been introduced with the Board of Director’s Particular Tribute by designer Diane von Furstenberg, who stated they'd “epitomized and crystallized” the march.

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 introduced his debut assortment for Calvin Klein in February, to rave opinions. That present was not with out social commentary. It opened and closed, pointedly, with the David Bowie tune, “This isn't America.”

“If we as creatives will be an inspiration for the way the world ought to look,” Simons stated in his speech Monday evening, “I feel that it’s one thing we should always take as a vital job.” Actress Nicole Kidman introduced him with the womenswear award.

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

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

“The fashion business has lengthy celebrated bodily autonomy and free expression and the proper of each individual to reside their life on their very own phrases,” she stated. “On this second, at a time when these ideas are being threatened like by no means earlier than, you might be rising as much as combat 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, stated she was “reminded of all of these faces that I noticed ... younger, previous, homosexual, straight. I noticed completely different spiritual backgrounds, it didn’t matter as a result of they have 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 can be continually 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 received 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 introduced the award, which was accepted by Sozzani’s son, Francesco Carrozzini.

Designer Rick Owens received a lifetime achievement award, and make-up artist Pat McGrath received a founder’s award.

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