New York’s fashion industry gathered at current hotspot Cipriani South Street on November 7 to honor the best of American design at the annual CFDA Awards, the first of which returns with in full format since before the COVID-19 pandemic – in 2021 the event is a truncated, less formal event that takes place at the iconic The Grill and The Pool restaurants in Midtown Manhattan.
Khaite’s Catherine Holstein and Emily Adams Bode, founder of the eponymous brand, Bode, were among the night’s big winners with the titles of Women’s Wear Designer of America and Menswear of the Year respectively. Luar’s Raul Lopez, known for her coveted handbags with oversized handles, won America’s Accessory Designer of the Year, while Wisconsin-born Elena Velez, who blends the aesthetic of the Midwest with raw details to create a completely modern look, took home the award for America’s Emerging Designer of the Year.
The yin and yang between emerging and established brands is one of the reasons why the event, organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. , is still a favorite event for designers as well as stars. Celebrity and designer couples include Katie Holmes with Jonathan Simkhai, Marisa Tomei with Gabriela Hearst, Rachel Brosnahan with footwear designer Sarah Flint, and CFDA emerging designer nominee Bach Mai with actress Minnie Mills. Cher, meanwhile, on hand to present stylist Patti Wilson’s Media Award of the Night to stylist Patti Wilson, ignited the wildest red carpet frenzy as the evening approached the end of the evening, donning a grab-and-go leather gown. Chrome Hearts cyclist inspiration.
Wes Gordon, creative director of Carolina Herrera, who joined Halle Bailey and Adria Arjona, said: “Fashion is truly a family, and tonight we come together as a reminder that we are all together. share the same passion and pressure.” “It’s also what I think makes New York so special as a fashion hub; you really experience a kindness, closeness and camaraderie among all the designers. ”
In addition to the night’s competition categories, a host of honors were announced ahead of the awards ceremony, including Law Roach as Stylist of the Year, introduced by friend and client Kerry Washington, and the trouser brand. Skims was founded by trio Kim Kardashian and entrepreneurs Emma and Jens Grede, and was recognized by the CFDA with the Amazon Innovation Award (Amazon Fashion was a show sponsor). “We are a young company, only three years old, so to win the CFDA Award is huge, but I feel like we have won the right award,” said Emma Grede. CHEAP on the red carpet. “That’s something that I’m really proud of, because we put a lot of time and energy into Skims.”
When asked if it was possible to quantify the impact of Kim Kardashian’s name on the brand, Emma Grede replied: “Kim is everything – she is the brand and the source of the brand. She worked every day to create Skims, and it would be nothing without her. I am extremely fortunate to have her as a business partner.”
Emma Grede wore Schiaparelli on the CFDA red carpet, as did Kris Jenner and Patti Wilson, while host Natasha Lyonne paired her Proenza Schouler look with Daniel Roseberry earrings for the Paris fashion house. If any label competes with Schiaparelli for most favorites at the event, it’s definitely Thom Browne, worn by stars including Justin Theroux and Janelle Monáe. “Thom has a lot of great options, and I love this as soon as I see it – it’s weird and fun,” Monae said of her massive, asymmetrical look with the high heels. heeled heels are like the building blocks of children who wrote “Thom Browne New York . “
Browne is among the nominees for 2022 menswear designer of the year and incoming president of the CFDA, a post he assumed in January. “American fashion represents a really diverse talent pool and I want to make sure they feel nurtured and that they remember that it always starts with creativity,” Browne said. CHEAP on the red carpet.
That sentiment was really felt throughout the evening. “Look at her – she represents the beauty of the world,” said former CFDA president Stan Herman, who arrived with Broadway icon Bernadette Peters, who was wearing a Dolce & Gabbana with David Webb jewelry, includes a pair of vintage earrings originally designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. “She’s fashionable and talented; she sings like an angel and she looks like an angel. She is everything,” Herman added.
“We’ve been friends for a long time, but I also want to be here because I think fashion is important,” Peters said. “When you think about kids somewhere in the Midwest, trying to invent and express themselves, and fashion is something they discover and embrace. It’s important to celebrate that.”
Also the most notable of the many in attendance: the shared love of Lenny Kravitz, named a 2022 Style Icon by the CFDA, an award presented by Bradley Cooper. “What do I not like about Lenny and his style?” Michael Kors speaking on the red carpet. “He’s swaggering, charming, and the American style is absolutely fearless. Whatever he encounters, I will have it.”
Amanda Seyfried, accompanied by Kors, agrees. “Looks like Lenny doesn’t need to give much thought to her style; he always has all the perfect pieces.”
Keke Palmer, while attending her first CFDA Awards in a Carolina Herrera evening gown, said: “It seems right to honor someone who has changed and changed what we see to be cool. cool, spooky and fresh.
“Why hasn’t Lenny won this award before? Because he definitely should have,” Theroux noted. “Only Lenny Kravitz can describe the look of Lenny Kravitz. Incredible “.
“Lenny and that scarf, right?” Aurora James, 2022 nominee and founder of accessory brand Brother Vellies, commented on Kravitz’s signature accessory. “Everything he does is so good, and it’s really about expressing your own personality, showing your culture, how you perceive the world and not being afraid to take risks.” Kravitz was dressed for the evening by LaQuan Smith, who gave the star a personal style that included a wool coat, leather pants and an ostrich boa.
While that idea of taking that risk resonated with many at the CFDA Awards, Holmes, wearing a Simkhai crystal-embroidered plain dress from her spring 2023 collection, said she loves fashion. page as it can be considered a form of storytelling. “It can really take you somewhere else, while also having something very easy and elegant about what I’m wearing,” Holmes told me. CHEAP. “Jonathan gives me that charm and makes me feel like I’m living a dream, and that’s what I love about fashion.”
American Women’s Designer of the Year Catherine Holstein for Khaite
America’s Menswear Designer of the Year Emily Bode Aujla for Bode
America’s Accessory Designer of the Year Raul Lopez for Luar
America’s Emerging Designer of the Year Elena Velez
Board of Directors Award Virgil Aboh
Fashion idol Lenny Kravitz
Positive Social Influence Award Slaysians from The House of Slay stars Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung, and Ezra William
Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert Andrew Bolton
Amazon Innovation Award Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jens Grede of Skims
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Laurie Lynn Stark and Richard Stark of Chrome Hearts
Media Award Honors Eugenia Sheppard Patti Wilson
Environmental Sustainability Award United Nations
Stylist Award Roach’s Law
Special Commemorative Award Jeffrey Banks