Kerby Jean-Raymond lands spot on Time 100 Next list

Kerby Jean-Raymond has landed a spot on the inaugural Time 100 Next list.The designer has been named alongside the likes of model Adut Akech, actress Awkwafina, singer Camila Cabello, basketball player Zion Williamson, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, wri…

Kerby Jean-Raymond has landed a spot on the inaugural Time 100 Next list.

The designer has been named alongside the likes of model Adut Akech, actress Awkwafina, singer Camila Cabello, basketball player Zion Williamson, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, writer Chanel Miller, and politician Carlos Alvarado Quesada as one of the 100 most influential rising stars.

Time’s new list is an expansion of its annual Time 100 – which has listed the world’s most influential people over the past 15 years – and instead looks at those who are “shaping the future” of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more.

Jean-Raymond was included for his “dedication to centring the Black American experience among others”.

The Haitian-American designer founded his Pyer Moss brand in 2013, and won the top honour at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last year, scooping the $400,000 (£311,000) prize.

He has previously spoken out about being “ostracised” and treated “like a pariah in the industry” after he staged a show during New York Fashion Week in 2017 that focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

And while accepting a Footwear News Achievement Award for his collaboration with Reebok last year, he said that working with the sports giant allowed him to express his views through the pieces.

“My work is political, so I was offered political things, and I was offered things that were specifically black or specifically street. And Reebok said, ‘Do whatever the f**k you want,’ and that was immediately the perfect match for me,” he shared.

Jean-Raymond was later named Footwear News’ 2019 Person of the Year, and was tapped to be a part of this year’s CFDA board, along with Maria Cornejo, Carly Cushnie, and Virgil Abloh.

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Tom Ford wants to include international designers in CFDA Awards

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman. The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in J…

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman.

The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in June, hopes he can broaden the reach and appeal of the annual prizegiving ceremony by including international designers, but realises it may be a pipe dream as the CFDA board wouldn’t be taken with the idea.

“If you go to the British Fashion Awards, they give the British prizes, and then they give Best Womenswear, period. Guess what? People are interested,” he told U.S. Vogue magazine. “You’ve got LVMH (Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) brands nominated, you’ve got Gucci nominated, and they all come, and it raises money, and they bring their celebrities and their models and the red carpet becomes bigger, and there are more pictures, and people start to care. By raising awareness of the CFDA, you elevate the global perception of American fashion.”

As part of the role, Ford, who created his eponymous luxury brand with menswear in 2005 and has since expanded into womenswear, underwear, accessories and beauty, has decided to streamline the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule down to five days and will be hosting a dinner for American and international press as well as emerging designers to celebrate the event’s launch in September.

The 57-year-old also wants the talent in New York to be given more global coverage, with him commenting, “I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York. Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at (Louis) Vuitton. You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York.”

Ford will present his own collection on 9 September.

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Marc Jacobs to receive inaugural MTV Fashion Vanguard Award

Marc Jacobs has been named as the recipient of the first-ever MTV Fashion Vanguard Award.The New York-based designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, in…

Marc Jacobs has been named as the recipient of the first-ever MTV Fashion Vanguard Award.

The New York-based designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume and cosmetics.

Now, bosses at MTV and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have announced that Jacobs is to be honoured for making an “indelible impact” on the industry at the upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

“Jacobs and music are inextricably linked, from tapping Cher and Missy Elliott for his ad campaigns, to dressing fashion icons Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “With a legacy that spans over three decades, Jacobs is a preeminent figure in fashion and music, perfectly embodying the spirit of the Fashion Trailblazer Award.”

In addition, Jacobs and his team are working with MTV to create a multimedia activation on the red carpet to highlight his creative vision at the event. The on-the-ground experience will have a dedicated photographer and stylised elements.

Jacobs’s clothing has been tied to music videos since the start of his career and he used the vintage MTV logo for pieces he designed in his spring 2017 resort collection.

“First of all, MTV always had the coolest graphics,” he told Vogue of his design inspiration. “It was very spot-on for what MTV was saying and who they were saying it to. It really spoke to me, and I think that generation of people at that time.

“I’ve maintained them in my memory bank, and they’ve never gone away. They’re iconic.”

The MTV Video Music Awards will take place in Newark, New Jersey on 26 August. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is hosting the event.

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Sarah Burton honoured to receive CFDA accolade

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of Ameri…

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.

The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

Speaking to Vogue about the award, which was announced before the annual bash took place, she highlighted that McQueen himself, who committed suicide in 2010, had also previously won the accolade.

“It’s a real honour. I feel very, very honoured,” she grinned. “I was just thinking that I actually came with Lee when he got his (in 2003), so it’s really quite a thing for me to get one because I remember how pleased Lee was when he got his, and coming (to New York) and celebrating that. It’s really a very, very special thing.”

The awards were held at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. Brandon Maxwell, Rick Owens, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were among the big winners.

Asked by Vogue what values she likes to express through her designs, Sarah explained that empowering women is at the heart of everything she does.

“It’s always been about a woman who’s strong,” she continued. “It’s very much a woman who is strong for herself, I feel. I really believe that a woman shouldn’t just have to dress like a man to feel strong.

“That’s why I really love to play with tailoring mixed with a woman’s dress. I want to show how important it is to be a woman still. You don’t have to take away your emotions and your feelings – it’s OK to feel vulnerable and have imperfections. I think that idea of strength and femininity are really important. I always like to say that in a way it’s almost like soft armour for women, so that you feel empowered, but not overwhelmed.”

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June Ambrose apologises for Kate Spade flub at 2019 CFDA Awards

June Ambrose has apologised for asking a guest if the late Kate Spade was attending the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.The stylist and costume designer hosted the red carpet live stream for the star-studded event at the Broo…

June Ambrose has apologised for asking a guest if the late Kate Spade was attending the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.

The stylist and costume designer hosted the red carpet live stream for the star-studded event at the Brooklyn Museum on Monday night, and during a chat with influencer Hannah Bronfman, asked about her pastel floral-print dress from the Kate Spade New York label and whether the designer, who committed suicide at the age of 55 in June 2018, was present.

Accordingly, Ambrose has now taken to Twitter to issue an apology over her words.

“I want to address an error I made last night while hosting the CFDA red carpet,” she wrote. “I sincerely apologise to the family and friends of the late Kate Spade, in addition to the team at Kate Spade for having misspoken. I made a mistake and I’m sorry to those I offended.”

While speaking to Bronfman, Ambrose asked her whether Spade was at the venue and if the designer had “skipped by me?”

A stunned Bronfman then replied, “Well, the team from Kate is here, we’re four,” and referred to Kate Spade New York creative director Nicola Glass.

While Ambrose’s comments were quickly criticised by many Twitter users, a number of people have also shown her a lot of support.

“A mistake, it happens! Not intentionally done. You rock! Keep moving forward being human and sincere. Much love!” one user wrote, while another commented, “You did your best. Those who know you, know your spirit – and we know between nerves and the need to get things done, mistakes happen. Thank you for lifting our spirits daily, Queen.”

A third added: “We know you know June. Happens to all of us! You did a wonderful job and you looked stunning. Rock on!”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘completely in shock’ over 2019 CFDA Awards win

Brandon Maxwell still can’t believe he scooped a top prize at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director…

Brandon Maxwell still can’t believe he scooped a top prize at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

On Monday night, Maxwell was named Womenswear Designer of the Year during a ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum, seeing him beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs and Rosie Assoulin, and he has since taken to Instagram to share his excitement over the accolade.

“It all felt like a dream. I’m so honoured and grateful and completely in shock to have been named Womenswear Designer of the Year at last night’s @cfda awards. To say that I am surprised and humbled would be an understatement,” he wrote alongside a snap of him holding his trophy. “There is a moment somewhere of me on camera holding on to the podium for at least 5-10 seconds because I was absolutely sure I was going to pass out right in front of all my heroes, and I apologise to everyone in the room for the very, very long pauses in between words while I was catching my breath.”

In addition, Maxwell praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“My incredible team, my friends and family, the women who have purchased and worn our clothes and the women who bring them to life on the runway, the retailers, editors, and stylists, I thank you truly from the bottom of my heart. I am so proud to be in this industry, where our primary goal is to create work that helps to make others feel good about themselves and inspired, and just being invited to sit in the room with all of my peers who do that every day was the real win for me,” the 34-year-old added.

Other major winners on the night included Rick Owens, who was named Menswear Designer of the Year, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who took home the Accessory Designer of the Year prize.

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Brandon Maxwell wins top prize at 2019 CFDA Awards

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as…

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

And at a star-studded ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Maxwell collected his second CFDA award, having won the prize for Emerging Talent in 2016.

“To the nominees in this category, you cannot imagine what it feels like to be in your company for me,” he told the crowd. “It is an absolute pleasure…this is really once-in-a-lifetime; this is never going to happen to me again.”

Maxwell, 34, beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin, and Sander Lak of Sies Marjan. In addition, he praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“I have worked for 10 years as a stylist before I started my company with almost every single person in this room,” he commented. “And I know that you’re kind people and you work hard, and we scrubbed off tonight and put on a suit but the other 364 days of the year we are trying to pay the light bill and make it happen.”

Meanwhile, Rick Owens, the 2017 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award recipient, was named Menswear Designer of the Year, edging out the likes of Mike Amiri of Amiri, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home Accessory Designer of the Year for The Row, with the twin sisters also receiving the same award last year, and Emily Adams Bode was named Emerging Designer of the Year for her label Bode.

In addition, there was a number of special awards – Jennifer Lopez was presented with the Fashion Icon prize by Tom Ford, Harold Koda bestowed Lynn Yaeger with the Media Award, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was recognised with the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Carine Roitfeld won the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert, Bob Mackie was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Eileen Fisher was given the Positive Change Award.

The full list of winners from the 2019 CFDA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Brandon Maxwell

Menswear Designer of the Year – Rick Owens

Accessory Designer of the Year – Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year – Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

The Fashion Icon Award – Jennifer Lopez

The Board of Directors’ Tribute – Barbie

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Mackie

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Designers praise Bob Mackie’s contribution to fashion industry

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked…

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Mackie is to receive the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA awards on 3 June, and in the lead-up to the ceremony, a number of fashion stars have shared their praise for the style pioneer, with Tom Ford describing him as a true influencer.

“Bob Mackie’s work has influenced fashion in a dramatic way, in that many of the body-fitting, seemingly transparent, and heavily beaded gowns that are worn on red carpets today are derivative of his work for stars like Diana Ross and Cher,” he commented in an oral history feature for Vogue.com. “The images of his costumes and gowns for these women have become a part of the landscape of fashion from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and in my case, become part of my hard drive of references.”

While Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele spoke about how he met the “guru” at the 2019 camp-themed Met Gala and gushed over the designer’s role in shaping Hollywood careers.

“You have to put energy inside clothes; Bob’s creations made impetuous energy of great artists and through his clothes, the artists were able to magnify their talent. Bob Mackie sanctified the voice and the attitudes of the rock stars who are the gods of the 20th century,” he insisted.

Elsewhere, Mackie’s longtime client Burnett noted that the designer always had a vision for an entire look, including wigs, make-up and accessories, while Cher noted that he is a “perfectionist” when it comes to fit.

In addition, ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, who wore a Mackie ensemble to the 2009 Met Gala, shared that it’s not possible to be a “shy wallflower” in one of his creations.

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Barbie to be honoured at 2019 CFDA Awards

Barbie will be honoured with the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.First launched in 1959 by American toy company Mattel, Barbie is undoubtedly the world’s most popular toy doll, with …

Barbie will be honoured with the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

First launched in 1959 by American toy company Mattel, Barbie is undoubtedly the world’s most popular toy doll, with more than a billion sold.

Now, the CFDA’s board – composed of designers such as Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Prabal Gurung – have decided to bestow Barbie with prestigious prize at the upcoming gala in order to acknowledge her enduring influence on fashion.

“Barbie has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA. “Her story personally resonates with so many CFDA members that the Board of Directors decided to honour her with the special tribute.”

The tribute comes at the perfect time, seeing as Barbie celebrates her 60th anniversary this year. Over the past six decades, the doll has inspired many designers and influencers, with Mattel’s first partnership being with Oscar de la Renta in 1985.

Designer Bob Mackie collaborated with Barbie on a doll in 1990, while more recently, Moschino’s Jeremy Scott unveiled a Barbie-themed line for spring 2015, and Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Anna Sui, and Wang, are among those who have created their own versions.

“It is a tremendous honour for Barbie to be recognised by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to American fashion. For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities,” added Richard Dickson, Mattel’s president and chief operation officer. “Barbie has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the greatest designer of our time and this award is a moment to celebrate her lasting influence.”

Previous recipients of the Board of Directors’ Tribute include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Tom Ford, Gloria Steinem, and Janelle Monae.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award, and famed costumer Mackie, who will be feted with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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