2019 CFDA Fashion Awards: Jennifer Lopez, Brandon Maxwell, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen among the winners

June 4, 2019

Jennifer Lopez at the 36th annual CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on June 3, 2019. (Photo courtesy of BFA)

The following is a press release from Council of Fashion Designers of America:


Tom Ford named chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

March 19, 2019

Tom Ford

The following is a press release from Tom Ford:

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced today that Tom Ford will be the next Chairman of the CFDA, effective June, 2019.

Ford was ratified by the CFDA Board during a meeting at the CFDA offices earlier today. He succeeds CFDA’s current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg.

Tom Ford is an award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In April 2005, the American born designer announced the creation of his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford previously served as the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.

Ford, who began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, has been a member of the CFDA since 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). Ford has shown his collections in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

“I have had the privilege of being a member of the American Fashion community for many years and have experienced what the CFDA does for its members and the industry as a whole,” Tom Ford said. “Having lived and worked in each of the global fashion capitals of the world, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the voice of American Fashion and its designers.  As the Chairman, I look forward to continuing the incredible work Diane has done over the last 13 years. Diane is a true force and her contribution to the CFDA and to American fashion is immeasurable. We all owe her a great deal.”

“I am so excited that Tom Ford has agreed to come and lead the CFDA,” Diane von Furstenberg said. “American Fashion could not wish for a better visionary to further grow its impact in the global landscape. Tom is a role model for all of us, and we are very lucky to have him as the next Chairman of the CFDA.”

“Diane has been an incredible partner who helped build CFDA into a world class organization,” CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said. “I’m excited to now work with Tom to further strengthen the organization and support American designers with new creative and business opportunities.”

Von Furstenberg was named President of the CFDA in 2006 and became Chairwoman in 2015. Past CFDA Presidents were Stan Herman, Carolyne Roehm, Perry Ellis, Mary McFadden, Bill Blass, Herbert Kasper, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Norell, and Sydney Wragge.

About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership with 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and is the organizer of the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes and engage in civic initiatives. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, instagram.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv

In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Estee Lauder to create the TOM FORD beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship. Ford presented his much-anticipated womenswear collection. Presently there are over 100 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as: London, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Rome, New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Dehli, Kowloon, Beijing and Sydney.

2017 CFDA Fashion Awards: Raf Simons wins big for Calvin Klein

June 6, 2017

by Estelle Marine

CFDA Fashion Awards

Raf Simons at the 34th Annual CFDA Fashion Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 5, 2017. (Photo courtesy of BFA)

Raf Simons was the big winner at the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards, held in partnership with Swarovski, at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 5, 2017. Simons won both Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year for Calvin Klein. It is the second time in CFDA history that a designer was honored with this award for both Menswear and Womenswear. The first time was in 1993, when Calvin Klein himself received both honors.

The 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards were hosted by Seth Meyers. Presenters included Diane von Furstenberg, Nicole Kidman, Jon Bon Jovi, Armie Hammer, Alek Wek, Mandy Moore, Anna Wintour, Amber Valletta, Karen Nelson and Kerry Washington.

Celebrity guests included Matt Bomer, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kate Bosworth, Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall, Kathy Najimy, Nate Berkus, Ellie Kemper, Mandy Moore, Heidi Klum, Jaime Alexander, Priyanka Chopra, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Choe Sevigny, Brooke Shields, Erin Foster, Brit Marling, Bernadette Peters, Olivia Munn, Mia Moretti, Olivia Palermo, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Harley Viera-Newton, Lily Aldridge, Josephine Skriver, Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse, Coco Rocha and Erin Wasson.

Eryn Allen Kane performed Martha Wash’s “Carry On” at the end of the event.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a non-profit trade association, founded in 1962, whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

The following statements were issued via press release:

“Tonight, we have come together to honor the best and brightest talents and bring recognition to all of American fashion,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “It was also a night to put a spotlight on the industry’s commitment to civic responsibility. We would like to thank Nadja Swarovski and Swarovski for 16 years of a partnership that always inspires.”

“When Steven and I started to work together 10 years ago, our main goal was to make the CFDA more and more of a family, a family of talent,” said CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg. “In a world where everything is changing so rapidly, talent is more important than ever. Business models may change, distribution may be disrupted, fashion week questioned, but talent is the heart, the engine, and that is what will make our industry not only survive but thrive. Talent is what we celebrate today.”

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the CFDA and it is particularly special this year,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board. “Swarovski has a long history of philanthropy woven into our DNA. And it’s with that spirit that we wanted to celebrate this industry’s propensity for giving back. The CFDA Swarovski Award for Positive Change was created because positive change is the pinnacle of excellent design. And this year, with the Emerging Talent Award, we’ve identified those designers pushing boundaries across multiple categories. These designers are the visionaries of tomorrow and we’re proud to champion them today.”

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Other nominees:

  • Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra
  • Marc Jacobs for Marc Jacobs
  • Jack McCollough and  Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
  • Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Other nominees:

  • Robert Geller for Robert Geller
  • Thom Browne for Thom Browne
  • Tim Coppens for Tim Coppens
  • Todd Snyder for Todd Snyder

Accessory Designer of the Year: Stuart Vevers for Coach

Other nominees:

  • Irene Neuwirth for Irene Neuwirth Jewlery
  • Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
  • Paul Andrew for Paul Andrew
  • Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse

Other nominees:

  • Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection
  • Virgil Abloh for Off-White
  • Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Kenneth Cole

Fashion Icon: Franca Sozzani  (Sozzani’s son Francesco Carrozzini accepted the award on behalf of his late mother.)

Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Pat McGrath

International Award: Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and Balenciaga

Board of Directors’ Tribute: Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards and Janelle Monáe.

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Owens