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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Virgil Abloh leads 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear…

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.

Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.

The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York

Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae

Heron Preston

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud

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

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