Kim K, Supreme and Raf Simons all win at 2018 CFDA Awards

The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards was held at Brooklyn Museum in New York City last night. The event honoured the best of American design at the same time when the fashion industry is bombarded with controversies, a retail slump, as well as magazine closures and layoffs.

Rae, best known for her role in the TV show Insecure, was the first African-American to emcee the CFDA awards as well as the first woman to host in nine years. Her opening monologue took potshots at Kardashian West’s husband, rapper Kanye West, who had recently made controversial comments regarding slavery and political jokes.

The award for Menswear Designer of the Year went to James Jebbia the founder of notorious streetwear brand Supreme. While accepting the award James said "I never considered Supreme a fashion brand or myself a fashion designer, but appreciate the recognition nonetheless,"

Later on, the Womenswear Designer of the Year award went to the iconic Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, as also winning in 2017 this means he has won the award back to back.  "Even in bad times, this country is very inspiring to me," he said.

The new award of the night the "inaugural Influencer Award" went to Kim Kardashian West, who was dressed in a tight white crop top and skirt by L.A.-turned-Paris designer Rick Owens.

FULL WINNERS LIST

Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Diane von Furstenberg

Members Salute: Ralph Lauren

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Narciso Rodriguez

Founder’s Award: Carolina Herrera

International Award: Donatella Versace

Media Award: Edward Enninful

Fashion Icon Award: Naomi Campbell

Influencer Award: Kim Kardashian West

Accessory Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Supreme

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Sander Lak, Sies Marjan

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons, Calvin Klein

Source: CNA/gl

Words by Geo Goodwin