This year, the CFDA award ceremony took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York. Inside the 34th Street space, models, designers and style icons including; Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o and Gigi Hadid were all attendees celebrating the industry’s finest stars.
It comes as no surprise that this event saw some of our favorite celebs looking all glamorous on the carpet.
Here are our best bits plus best dressed and winners list from the CFDA awards.
Adwoa Aboah in Coach.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen wore their own label, The Row.
Bella Hadid opted for a fuchsia pink suit.
Gigi Hadid wore The Row ensemble paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Stuart Weitzman sandals.
Janelle Monáe in a monochrome Christian Siriano look.
Sara Sampaio in a blue Mendel dress.
Joan Smalls wore a black Michael Kors gown.
Brooke Shields in a floral Sachin & Babi gown.
Coco Rocha in Cynthia Rowley.
Elsa Hosk wore a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress.
Hailey Baldwin wore a Cushnie et Ochs dress paired with furry Brother Vellies clutch and feathered shoes.
Hilary Rhoda wore a Marchesa dress.
Jaime Alexander in a Marc Bouwer gown.
Josephine Skriver in Naeem Khan.
Martha Hunt wore a Milly slip dress.
Making history yet again, Chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, Raf Simons took home the award for both womenswear and menswear designer of the year as the second designer to win both categories in the same year.
In such a twist, the first person to cope both awards was Calvin Klein himself, back in 1993.
“I came to America because America is inspiring to me,” Simons said during his acceptance speech for the menswear award. While accepting the womenswear honor, he expressed to students, “It’s our task to inspire and be an example for all the people, and I think if we as creatives can be an inspiration for how the world should look, we should take it as an important task of our existence.”
Since joining Calvin Klein last August, the designer has already dressed the likes of Kidman, Moore, Brown, A$AP Rocky and the entire Oscar-winning Moonlight cast in an unusual red-carpet coup on Oscar night in February.
In addition to Simons and his predecessor, five other designers have also been honored for both categories but in different years, according to Vogue. Donna Karan won for womenswear in 1990 (and again in 1996) and menswear in 1992; Ralph Lauren won for women’s in 1995 and men’s in both 1996 and 2007; Michael Kors won for women’s in 1999 and men’s in 2003; Marc Jacobs won for women’s in 1997 (as well as 2010) and men’s in 2002; and Tom Ford won for women’s in 2001 and for men’s in both 2008 and 2015.
CFDA AWARD WINNERS
Swarovski Award for Positive Change -Kenneth Cole
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award -Rick Owens
Founder’s Award -Pat McGrath
International Award -Demna Gvasalia, Vetements and Balenciaga
Board of Directors’ Tribute -Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem, and Janelle Monáe
Fashion Icon Award -Franca Sozzani
Menswear Designer of the Year Raf Simons
Accessory Designer of the Year -Stuart Vevers, Coach
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent -Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, Monse Womenswear