Last night marked the 2021 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. The ceremony was held at The Pool + The Grill in New York where Tom Ford, Chairman of the CFDA presided over the event, hosted by Emily Blunt.
“The American fashion industry has been called many things, but one thing we can agree on is that optimism and determination drive our industry,” Ford said to the well-dressed crowd. “Tonight was a celebration of American Fashion and how the industry came together to navigate the pandemic in so many ways. With COVID came incredible creativity, and it forced us to think in a different way more than ever before – about our brands and what we stand for, about our customers, our employees and everyone who is a part of keeping our businesses moving forward.”
One of the most impactful moments of the evening was when iconic models Beverly Johnson and Carré Otis recounted their personal experience with assault and abuse throughout their careers, before giving Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, the Positive Social Influence Award. For more standout moments from the night, see below for a complete list of winners.
The American Womenswear Designer of the Year award to Christopher John Rogers.
The American Menswear Designer of the Year to Emily Bode Aujla of Bode.
Ciara announced that Telfar Clemens of Telfar was the American Accessories Designer of the Year, while Ho Yeon Jung presented the American Emerging Designer of the Year to Edvin Thompson of Theophilio.
Paloma Elsesser presented Demna of Balenciaga with the International Women’s Designer of the Year award and announced that Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner is this year’s International Men’s Designer of the Year. Jeremy O. Harris accepted on behalf of Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner.
Zendaya was named Fashion Icon, presented by Iman.
Cara Delevingne presented Anya Taylor-Joy with CFDA’s first Face of the Year award.
Sara Ziff received the Positive Social Influence Award.
Carolyn Murphy presented Patagonia with the Environmental Sustainability Award, which was accepted byPatagonia’s District Environmental Coordinator Rebecca Goodstein.
Emily Ratajkowski presented Nina Garcia with the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard.
Yeohlee Teng received the Board of Directors’ Tribute, which was presented by Michael Kors.
The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge byAnna Wintour.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dapper Dan by Valerie Steele.
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