Brandon Maxwell feels ‘unworthy’ after landing top fashion award

Brandon Maxwell has confessed he feels “unworthy” after landing a top fashion award.The 34-year-old is one of several American designers – including Rick Owens, Donna Karan, and Ralph Rucci – to be celebrated at Fashion Group International’s Night of S…

Brandon Maxwell has confessed he feels “unworthy” after landing a top fashion award.

The 34-year-old is one of several American designers – including Rick Owens, Donna Karan, and Ralph Rucci – to be celebrated at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in October. Following the announcement, Maxwell took to Instagram to share his disbelief at being honoured with the Fashion Star award, and candidly opened up about suffering from anxiety ahead of the star-studded gala. 

“Wow! I’m so honoured to be included, especially amongst such a revered group of designers I deeply respect,” he wrote. “I certainly feel unworthy and will most likely want to hide under the table when this night comes, but The Fashion Group International and it’s local chapters have always been incredibly supportive of me and my team from day one, and I’m truly thrilled, grateful, and appreciative that they thought of us.”

Maxwell touched on the journey he and his team have been on since winning the Fashion Group International Rising Star award back in 2016. 

“In the three years since life that day, I’ve experienced as many terrifying moments as I have beautiful ones, and it’s moments like these that leave me with nothing but a deep sense of gratitude for every little mountain we’ve had to climb and an eternal respect and admiration for all the people along the way who have helped us to stay on the path,” the designer gushed. 

Other winners include fashion icon Owens, who will be bestowed with the night’s highest honour, the Superstar award, while Rucci has landed the Fashion Legend gong, which he said was “one of the biggest honours of my life”.

DKNY founder Karan is to be feted for her charity work in Haiti with the Humanitarian Award, and the Trailblazer Award will be given to supermodel Iman.

The Night of Stars will be held in New York on 24 October.

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Rick Owens has two books set for publication in September

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September. The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs show…

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September.

The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs showcasing a selection of the designer’s avant-garde styles from the last 10 years.

“Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse. The way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered,” Owens said of Levitt.

The 200-page book will be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, priced at $55 (£45).

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old announced he will be paying tribute to the iconic costumer Larry LeGaspi, who dressed the likes of Grace Jones and Kiss in the 1970s, with a book called LeGaspi by Rick Owens.

“This book is shamelessly about me. I’ve edited Larry’s work into a composition of the designer I wanted him to be, and the kind of designer I hoped to be,” Owens said in a statement.

The 56-year-old has previously cited LeGaspi’s work as the inspiration for his own career and even celebrated him with his “Larry” menswear collection in February.

The hardcover book, which features 120 colour photos, will also be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, and is priced at $75 (£62). It will include contributions from Patti LaBelle, who worked with LeGaspi in the 1970s, his widow Valerie LeGaspi, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, former supermodel Pat Cleveland, and former U.S. Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley.

LeGaspi passed away in 2001 from complications of AIDS at the age of 50.

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Mary Quant to receive lifetime achievement award

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA). The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the ho…

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA).

The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the honour at London’s Savoy Theatre on 18 September.

The WFA organisers said they selected Quant for the award in recognition of her “amazing journey as a powerful role model for the working woman, challenging conventions, whilst popularising the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers” and to celebrate her role in “encouraging a new age of feminism”.

“It is such an honour to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards. It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people,” she said in a statement.

The award comes months after officials at the V&A Museum in London opened the first international retrospective about the designer, which features over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive. It is open until February 2020.

Quant isn’t the only honorary award winner – Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion prize at the ceremony.

The World Fashion Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of established and emerging fashion brands, outlets, designers, models, manufacturers, and influencers, and the winners of each category will be voted for by the general public.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year include Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Clare Waight Keller, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Quinn, while those competing for Menswear Designer of the Year include Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh, Raf Simons, Ozwald Boateng, and Riccardo Tisci.

The shortlist for International Fashion Icon Award includes Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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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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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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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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Chloe dishes up bohemian chic for fall 19

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday…

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning (28Feb19).

With the stark white runway initially bathed in bright pink light, the show kicked off with a model sporting a long white shirt, tan coat with oversized collar, navy blue socks, and brown leather boots.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, including a brown shirt dress which was accessorised with a chunky necklace with feather detail, and a grey wool skirt with button detailing which was matched with a high-neck knitted blue sweater featuring a white geometric pattern.

Staying true to her relaxed aesthetic, Ramsay-Levi introduced white blouses with flowing sleeves, white shirts with vintage-inspired blue landscape motifs, cosy sweaters, brown leather jackets with faux fur on lapels and cuffs, baggy dresses with pushed-up sleeves, and a number of blue denim pieces with pocket detailing on trousers and vests.

Model of the moment Kaia Gerber stepped out in a ’60s-influenced look comprised of a blue lace skirt, graphic T-shirt, long light brown leather coat, and brown boots, with the ensemble topped off with layers of gold chains and bug-like glasses.

As always with a Chloe presentation, accessories were a major focus, with highlights including boxy leather purses, handbags with heavy gold chains in the place of straps, wool scarfs, gold cuff bracelets, and mismatched earrings.

To conclude the show, Ramsay-Levi dished up a series of floral printed dresses with flowing hems in a cream and marigold yellow colour scheme, as well as an eye-catching dark floral dress with thigh-high slit and dramatic neckline.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Rick Owens, Off-White, and Isabel Marant.

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Rick Owens teams with eco brand Veja on sneaker design

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runw…

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.

The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runway shows.

However, at Owens’ fall/winter 2019 presentation held as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday (17Jan19), eyes weren’t just on the garments, but the sneakers created in collaboration for the French company.

“It was the most environmentally friendly sportswear company I could find,” Owens stated of the shoes in his show notes, according to Footwear News. “I have absolutely no authority to promote sustainability, but I do endorse the idea of thoughtful living and planning for the future with kindness in mind. We all gotta start somewhere.”

Owens’ Veja sneakers are a light grey colour with black soles and grey laces. The minimalist design was worn on the runway by a model dressed in black shorts, white shirt and a large fluffy grey jacket.

Founded by Sebastien Kopp and Francois-Ghislain Morillion in 2003, Veja is known for its vegan-friendly products, with the trainers and accessories made of organic cotton, wild runner and recycled plastic bottles.

Celebrities including Emma Watson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Eddie Redmayne have all been spotted wearing the label’s footwear of late, and, the company received a major boost in October 2018 when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sported a pair during a sailing event with her husband Prince Harry for the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.

A photo of Meghan in the shoes garnered thousands of likes on Veja’s Instagram page.

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Chloe serves up bohemian chic for spring 19 

Chloe has dished up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for its latest collection.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning…

Chloe has dished up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for its latest collection.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning (27Sep18).

Taking inspiration from ’60s glamour icons, the presentation opened with a model sporting a beige one-shoulder dress featuring a panel of paisley print fabric, with the ensemble accessorised with a rope belt and lots of gold bangles.

A parade of similar outfits followed, including a relaxed jumpsuit, lightweight paisley printed trousers, and a summery minidress which was loosely belted at the waist.

Keeping with a palette of earthy browns and yellows, Ramsay-Levi also introduced a touch of blue denim in the form of jackets with pushed up sleeves, and a series of orange garments, such as an ochre knitted romper which was modelled by Kaia Gerber along with a waistcoat made from an upholstery-like fabric.

As always, accessories were a major focus of the Chloe show, with the designer having models carry brown leather satchels with C-shaped clasps, larger leather totes and tiny white purses with gold detailing.

When it came to the jewellery, models sported large jewel-encrusted earrings moulded into organic shapes, drop earrings with crystals as well as layers of gold and silver bracelets and necklaces with tribal-inspired semi-precious gemstones.

To conclude the show, Ramsay-Levi chose to present a line-up of floaty white outfits, with looks including a very relaxed white peasant-style blouse and skirt combination and a white dress with dramatic cape detail.

However, a highlight had to be the final outfit of the spectacle, a Grecian-style white chiffon gown with gemstones attached to the bodice.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Rick Owens and Isabel Marant.

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