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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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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June Ambrose slammed for Kate Spade flub at 2019 CFDA Awards

June Ambrose has been slammed online for asking if the late Kate Spade was attending the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.The stylist and costume designer hosted the red carpet live stream for the star-studded …

June Ambrose has been slammed online for asking if the late Kate Spade was attending the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

The stylist and costume designer hosted the red carpet live stream for the star-studded event held at the Brooklyn Museum, 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 was present.

“Are you here with Kate? Is she here?” asked Ambrose, proceeding to look around the venue for Spade. “Did you come before her or did she skip 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.

Spade, who founded her fashion and accessories brand in 1993, committed suicide in June 2018. She was aged 55.

Accordingly, several viewers quickly took to Twitter to criticise Ambrose for her flub and insensitive comments.

“This girl is hosting the CFDA live stream needs to be fired. How do you not know kate spade passed away like whattttt and she knows nothing about these people,” one user wrote, while another noted, “@juneAmbrose did you just ask Hannah if Kate Spade was present? What were you thinking!?”

A third added: “June asked Hannah if Kate Spade was coming to the #CFDAAwards – Maybe it slipped her mind in the moment?”

Representatives for Ambrose and the CFDA have not yet commented on the error. However, the host appeared to refer to the mistake during her sign-off at the conclusion of the live stream.

“It has been my honour and pleasure to host, screw up and cause chaos tonight on this carpet for you,” she stated. “I hope you enjoyed and learned as much as I did.”

Glass also outfitted Beanie Feldstein, Sadie Sink, and Molly Gordon for the event.

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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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Diane von Furstenberg: ‘I was always a feminist’

Diane von Furstenberg is adamant women can be feminists and still look feminine.The Belgium-born designer has long been a champion of women’s rights and was an advocate for a strict age-requirement for models on the runway during her tenure as presiden…

Diane von Furstenberg is adamant women can be feminists and still look feminine.

The Belgium-born designer has long been a champion of women’s rights and was an advocate for a strict age-requirement for models on the runway during her tenure as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

And now Diane, who is celebrating the 45th anniversary of her iconic DVF wrap dress, has insisted that she will always be a feminist.

“I always said to be a feminist doesn’t mean you have to look a truck driver,” she told Vogue.com. “Feminine and feminist is, I think, what I stand for.”

The fashion icon is stepping down from her post at the CFDA, with fellow designer Tom Ford replacing her – an appointment that she is very happy with.

“It’s been two years I’ve been looking for my replacement. I wanted to end nicely. I want an upgrade. Tom was the right one,” the 72-year-old said of the high-fashion designer and filmmaker. “I worked on him for a long, long time. I’m so excited it’s him. He’s a star, and he’s also very international. He’s going to be much stricter than I am, much more disciplined. It’s a perfect change.”

During her time at the CFDA, the philanthropist mentored the likes of Alexander Wang and Jennifer Meyer because she wanted to use her extensive knowledge of the industry to “change someone’s life”.

“There’s nothing more rewarding. You know, when you have a voice, when you are successful, when you have a lot of knowledge, you do have a magic wand. You can make so much difference with so little,” Diane commented, before sharing that she sends two emails as soon as she wakes up “that don’t benefit me”. “You introduce this person to that person, and you change somebody’s life. That’s what I want to do (for) the rest of my life.”

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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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