The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards was held last night recognizing designers, journalists, creative visionaries and industry insiders for their contributions to fashion. The ceremony was founded in 1962, another creation of Eleanor Lambert, legendary fashion publicist and promoter of American fashion (see New York Fashion Week, the Battle of Versailles, the Best Dressed List, the Coty Awards and the original Met Gala).
The event is sort of like the Fashion Grammy's where nominees and winners are chosen by their peers that include an invitation only network consisting of the top retail stores, stylists, journalists, influencers and the 450+ member designers of the CFDA. This year Marc Jacobs walked away with Womenswear Designer of the Year, Thom Browne received Menswear Designer of the Year, Gucci's Alessandro Michele won the International Award and more (see the complete list here). But the most talked about award of the night- the Fashion Icon Award was given to none other than Beyonce' Knowles Carter!
There was a collective amount of shade being thrown Bey's way via Fashion Twitter and with good reason: how on Earth did she win this prestigious industry award whose past recipients have included last year's winner, Pharrell Williams, 2014's Rihanna, (who showed up and out clad in a Swarovski crystal embellished naked dress and head wrap) Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Sarah Jessica Parker among others?
Well the award is given to the person who has had the biggest impact on the fashion industry over the last year, and love her or hate her- you cannot deny Beyonce's impact! The visuals and immediate aftermath for the 2016 Lemonade album alone was enough to solidify her clean sweep as a winner. The outfits were distinctively in your face drama that served as a sartorial soundtrack to the emotional journey the pop singer took us on. We allowed Beyonce to pour us a deliciously chilled Mason jar of lemonade while taking in her perfect mix of RL situations, girl anthems and pure unadulterated fashion! Bey rocked every thing from a Cavalli gown and floral Gucci suit, to Yeezy Season 2 body suits and sports bras. Your fave has never and could neva eva...
Now mark my words when I say Kim Kardashian West is next in line to receive Style Icon of the Year; it was lightly whispered about earlier this year and because clearly- as stated on Twitter by commentor @fashionunfold - "She created a uniform for half the girls on IG!"
Do you think Beyonce's win was justified? Take the poll below and tell me how you really feel! Read Beyonce's full speech acceptance speech here...
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