Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole to be honoured at AAFA Awards

Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole are to be honoured at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Awards.The designers are among five individuals and companies who will be feted at the AAFA’s American Image Awards to be held at New York’s Plaza…

Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole are to be honoured at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Awards.

The designers are among five individuals and companies who will be feted at the AAFA’s American Image Awards to be held at New York’s Plaza Hotel in New York in April next year.

Shoe designer Cole is the recipient of Person of the Year, while Maxwell, who was the creative genius behind Lady Gaga’s 2019 Met Gala look, will be awarded Designer of the Year.

Ralph Lauren Corp. will receive Company of the Year, Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group will take home Retail Innovator of the Year, and U.S. TV show Project Runway, which airs on Bravo, will receive Fashion Maverick.

Rick Helfenbein, president and chief executive officer of AAFA, said this year’s award winners “exemplify” the ideology of celebrating the future of fashion.

“Not only are these individuals and companies successfully delivering quality and innovative products, but they are also leading our industry across key global performance issues including environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” he commented.

The gala will be hosted by journalist Brooke Baldwin and will benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, which is currently chaired by designer Tom Ford.

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, added, “We are appreciative of the support the AAFA has given to the CFDA over the past four years. Our efforts to develop and operate impactful programming are directly strengthened through our relationship with the AAFA.”

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Joseph Altuzarra wins top honours at fashion awards ceremony

Joseph Altuzarra was named Designer of the Year at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)’s 40th American Image Awards.The awards show took place on Monday night (16Apr18) in New York, with journalist Katie Couric hosting the evening.After …

Joseph Altuzarra was named Designer of the Year at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)’s 40th American Image Awards.

The awards show took place on Monday night (16Apr18) in New York, with journalist Katie Couric hosting the evening.

After picking up his award from Couric, who was wearing a Joseph Altuzarra dress, the French designer took time to thank his team.

“It’s always a very touching and moving opportunity to be able to take the time to look back at the year you’ve had, and I’ve shared with my entire team and I think, feel pride, and to be very grateful for a lot of people in this room who helped and encourage us,” he stated, thanking the AAFA, his hard-working team and CEO Karis Durmer, press and retail partners, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“This has been a landmark year for Altuzarra. We’ve taken a lot of risks, shown in Paris, and I would like to thank Steven (Kolb, CFDA CEO) and the CFDA for all of their guidance and encouragement, I really appreciate it.”

The CFDA was chosen as the awards beneficiary for the second year, while Camuto Group went home with Company of the Year. Clothing store Fred Segal was awarded Retailer of the Year, Emanuel Chirico was honoured as Person of the Year and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel were named Fashion Maverick.

“The apparel and footwear industry includes some of the most creative minds in the business community, and it is a great privilege to bring everyone together for a night to celebrate our remarkable achievements,” said AAFA president and CEO Rick Helfenbein. “Last night was one of a kind. We were thrilled to honour such standout visionaries and leaders, and to partner for a second year with the CFDA Foundation to support its great work investing in the future of the fashion industry.”

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