Usually when we say “win-win,” we mean two different people both come out on top. But for designer Raf Simons, last night’s CFDA Awards presented a rare variation, the “win & win”—the Calvin Klein creative director took home the top prizes of both Menswear Designer of the Year and Womenwear designer of the year. This staggering feat has been accomplished only once before in the history of fashion’s biggest awards, back in 1993 when Calvin Klein himself walked away with both trophies.
Barneys’ own Daniella Vitale and Jennifer Sunwoo joined other stylish luminaries at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night to celebrate and applaud American fashion with a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers. In addition to Simons’ double win, honors went to Coach’s Stuart Vevers as Accessory Designer of the Year and the Emerging Talent Award went to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for their work in designing Monse. While those may have been the headlines, please join us in offering our congratulations to all of the evening’s winners:
The inaugural Swarovski Award for Positive Change was presented by Bon Jovi to New York-based Kenneth Cole.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to cult-favorite—and Barneys darling—Rick Owens by his wife Michele Lamy.
Anna Wintour presented the Fashion Icon Award, which was posthumously awarded to editor Franca Sozzani. One of the evening’s more touching moments came when Sozzani’s son, Francesco Carrozzini, accepted the award on behalf of his late mother.
The Founder’s Award was presented to Pat McGrath by models Amber Valletta and Karen Nelson, while their fellow-strutter Alek Wek recognized Demna Gvasalia, designer of both of Vetements and Balenciaga, with this year’s International Award.
The Board of Directors’ Tribute was presented by CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg to feminist icons Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, and Janelle Monáe.
Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!