NEW YORK Few rooms are able to bring together celebrities like Lenny Kravitz, Cher, Kim Kardashian, and Martha Stewart. However, the CFDA Fashion Awards are more than just a regular event.
Celebrities from the entertainment and fashion industries flocked to Cipriani South Street in downtown Manhattan on Monday night to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and get back together.
Fashion frequently serves as a mirror, reflecting both our current situation and our past. Attendees applauded a combination of both as they honored fashion icons and up-and-coming visionaries.
The night’s fashion icon, Zoë Kravitz, said, “What I’ve learned along the way is that being yourself is the most important thing you can do.” “And that errors will be made by you. Though it’s a necessary part of growing up, I have definitely had my fair share of fashion faux pas.”
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During the hours-long cocktail hour and dinner reception, which featured Gigi Hadid and Trevor Noah chatting between courses and Katie Homes sharing a table with “Selling Sunset” star Christine Quinn, champagne flowed and guests mixed and mingled.
Jaden Smith, Jesse Williams, Bernadette Peters, Halle Bailey, Amanda Seyfried, Mariska Hargitay, Bowen Yang, Trevor Noah, Tinashe, Christina Ricci, Bradley Cooper, Janelle Monáe, and Vanessa Hudgens were among the countless celebrities that floated through the room.
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Kim Kardashian honored with Amazon Innovation Award
Kim Kardashian received applause from the Kardashian-Jenner family, which included Khloé Kardashian, Kris, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner, when she accepted the Amazon Innovation Award for her work on the shapewear company Skims alongside co-founder and CEO Jens Grede and founding partner Emma Grede.
The speech by Kardashian took into account the family dynamic:
A phone rang in the crowd, prompting Kardashian to say, “Mom, turn your phone off,” to applause.
All humor aside, Kardashian, 42, became serious in an inclusive rallying cry.
“We’re extremely proud of Skims’ capacity to not only innovate with our goods, but also with our inclusive mission,” Kardashian remarked after accepting the award from Martha Stewart, a “Skims enthusiast.” “We have put a strong emphasis since our launch on continuing to shape the industry to embrace size, equality and diversity as a fixture not just a trend.”
The festivities were emceed by “Russian Doll” actress Natasha Lyonne, who made lighthearted remarks about voting and the homogeneity of fashion.
“I love any industry that combines utter eccentricity with short tempers, chain smoking indoors, vague exclusivity, impeccable aesthetics, fleeting taste and a weight loss program sponsored by the Sackler family,” Lyonne stated.
The awards, which were given in collaboration with Amazon, were co-hosted by Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Aurora James, Joseph Altuzarra, and Gabriela Hearst.
Zendaya stylist Law Roach says ‘anything is possible’
Kerry Washington, who was present to present stylist and self-described image architect Law Roach with the inaugural stylist award, spoke about Roach’s rise from modest beginnings in Chicago to his creative ways of dressing then-rising star Zendaya, for whom he created some of the most iconic looks on the red carpet.
“In 2016, I was invited with Michael Kors to come to the CFDA Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom, and I sat in the kitchen and I watched from the kitchen as the waiters served your food and served your drinks and I just said to myself, ‘One day, I’m going to be on that stage,'” said an overcome Roach. “I am the example that anything is possible.”
More honors for Lenny Kravitz at the CFDA Awards
Bradley Cooper gave Kravitz the award, and he expressed his gratitude to Kravitz that “we can come together tonight and celebrate our fashion and expression.”
Other winners of the evening were the accessory designer Raul Lopez from Luar, the emerging designer Elena Velez, the menswear designer Emily Bode Aujla from Bode, and the womenswear designer Catherine Holstein from Khaite.
The council established a special anniversary award that was given to longtime member Jeffrey Banks in honor of the organization’s historic 60th year. Shannon Abloh, Virgil’s wife, accepted the Board of Trustee’s award, a posthumous honor. The UN won the environmental sustainability award, and Slaysians from The House of Slay—Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung, and Ezra William—won the positive social influence award for their efforts battling Asian hatred.
Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was given the founder’s award, and Patti Wilson, a trailblazing stylist, accepted the media award and thanked collaborator Cher and the nuns from her childhood Catholic school for inspiring her. Chrome Hearts’ Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark were honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.