Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, June 5, 2018
by Suhad Shtayyeh

All You Need To Know About The 2018 CFDA Awards

The CFDA awards are basically considered the Oscars of the fashion industry, where they celebrate and honour worthy American talents for their efforts in the fashion industry. For those who may not know, CFDA stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America and it was first founded in 1962 as a not-for-profit association for American fashion and accessory designers. The current president of the CFDA is none other than esteemed designer Diane von Fürstenberg. The CFDA in addition to hosting their annual fashion awards, seek to develop and assist young American designers by providing access to educational and business opportunities as well as facilitating funds. The nominations for the awards are submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild which is a network of over 500 CFDA members that are gathered by invitation only. Read below for the most important highlights of the 2018 CFDA Awards.

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The 2018 CFDA Awards were held at the Brooklyn Museum for the first time, thus marking the first time where the awards crossed the East River to go to Brooklyn.

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The 2018 CFDA red carpet was a graphic black and white eco-friendly textile made of recycled materials.

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The event was hosted by Issa Rae which makes it the first time that a woman of color ever hosts the event and the first woman to host since 2009!

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Kim Kardashian wins inaugural Influencer Award for the first time and charms with her speech when she said “I’m kind of shocked that I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time…”.

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Raf Simons wins Womenswear Designer of the Year for the second year in a row.

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Naomi Campbell’s honorary win marks a signifiant milestone for the all-American awards ceremony when she won the Fashion Icon Award. She delivered the most poignant speech after being introduced by Lee Daniels who praised Campbell’s efforts for diversity in fashion as well as her philanthropic work. Daniels also thanked Campbell for saving his life saying “I’m sober because of you. I thank you for saving my life.”

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A new award was created this year; the CFDA Members Salute, and it went to veteran designer Ralph Lauren. Fürstenberg jokingly said that Lauren had won so many awards they had to create a new one for him.

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Carolina Herrera received the Founder’s Award which was presented to her by Caroline Kennedy who spoke of Herrera’s relationship with her mother Jackie, as well as her own relationship with the designer who made her wedding dress as well as her daughter Tatiana’s wedding dress.

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Edward Enninful; editor-in-chief of British Vogue, was another British citizen to win that night as he was presented with the Media Award by Oprah for Vogue’s inclusivity efforts.

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