By NARDOS HAILE Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian was honored Monday at the Council of Fashion Designers of America fashion awards for her modeling line and used the honor to call on designers to be inclusive of all body shapes.
Kardashian received the first innovation award presented by Amazon Fashion for her modeling brand SKIMS. Co-founder and CEO Jens Grede and founding partner and chief product officer Emma Grede also joined Kardashian to receive the inaugural award.
The fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars was held in person Monday night and was hosted by actress Natasha Lyonne and designers and CFDA members Joseph Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Aurora James, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. The evening commemorated the history of American fashion and 60 years of the fashion organization.
“Since our launch we’ve put a lot of emphasis on continuing to shape the industry to embrace size equality and diversity as a fixture and not just a trend, and I see many of you doing just that,” he said Kardashian in star-studded audience: It included her sisters Khloe and Kendall and her mother, Kris Jenner.
Martha Stewart presented the award to Kardashian, who had to make a quick announcement when a phone rang just before she began speaking. “Mom, turn off your phone,” Kardashian told Jenner to laughter from the audience.
The Kardashians were fully represented at the show, with Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner watching as their sister accepted her honor.
Other big wins were Elena Velez for Emerging Designer of the Year 2022.
Vélez called out Central America in his acceptance speech. “We also have a perspective from the fashion industry that deserves to be heard. So with that kind of recognition, that kind of strengthens that mission and allows me to serve as an industry conduit for other local artisans.”
Law Roach received a new award recognizing stylists for their work.
“Once upon a time there was a queen born on the South Side of Chicago. A queen who was a fearsome force for good and for beauty and changed the fashion landscape just by being her,” said Kerry Washington, recounting the story of Roach’s early years.
He shared with the audience that he was watching the 2016 CFDA Awards from behind the scenes as Zendaya’s stylist.
“I watched from the kitchen as the waiters served your food and I said to myself, ‘One day I’m going to be on stage.’ I’m an example that anything and everything is possible,” Roach said.
Bradley Cooper, Trevor Noah and Christina Ricci were among the other presenters on a night where several designers took home trophies and Lenny Kravitz received the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award.
“(Kravitz is) effortless, cool, eclectic, fearless,” Cooper said while introducing Kravitz. “Whatever it is, he has it. And when it comes to fashion, there’s no one cooler. There is no other musician alive today who wears leather and leopard like Lenny.”
“My mother’s closet was my own personal store. I put on scarves, belts, platform boots, boas emulating my heroes the Jackson Five, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie and Miles Davis,” said Kravitz, recounting his youth in the late 1960s and 70.
Last year, Zendaya was the youngest person to win the Icon Award. Previous recipients have included Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.
Cher also made a surprise appearance to present an honor to stylist Patti Wilson. “Fashion is about being fun and being feared and Patti Wilson is not afraid,” Cher said.
The accessory design award went to Raúl López.
In the American designer categories, Catherine Holstein won the womenswear award for KHAITE and Emily Adams Bode Aujla took home the menswear designer award.
The Trustee’s Award was presented to Virgil Abloh to honor the late designer’s contribution to global fashion. The award was accepted by his wife, Shannon Abloh, who said that “what he was able to achieve in his short 41 years will live on to inspire us all for decades to come.”
By NARDOS HAILE Associated Press