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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