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
Words by Geo Goodwin