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Raf Simons Named Womenswear Designer of the Year for Calvin Klein

Kim Kardashian West Receives Influencer Award

Naomi Campbell Named Fashion Icon

Oprah Winfrey Presents Edward Enninful with Media Award

CFDA Members Salute Ralph Lauren


On Monday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in Partnership with Swarovski at the Brooklyn Museum in New YorkIssa Rae, the star of HBO’s hit show “Insecure,” was the host for the evening. The Awards took place in partnership with Swarovski for the seventeenth consecutive year.

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honor went to Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, presented by Cate Blanchett. Supreme took home the Menswear Designer of the Year award, presented by Trevor NoahMary-Kate Olsenand Ashley Olsen were named Accessory Designer of the Year, presented to them by Julia Garner.

Karlie Kloss presented the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent to Sander Lak for Sies Marjan. The designer will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

Busy Philipps presented Kim Kardashian West with the CFDA’s first Influencer Award.

Naomi Campbell was named Fashion Icon, presented by Lee Daniels.

Oprah Winfrey presented Edward Enninful with the Media Award.

Donatella Versace was recognized with this year’s International Award, presented by Lupita Nyong‘o.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Narciso Rodriguez by Claire Danes.

The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Carolina Herrera by Caroline Kennedy.

The Swarovski Award for Positive Change was presented to Diane von Furstenberg by Parkland student Delaney Tarr.

In one of the highlights of the evening, Ralph Lauren received A CFDA Members Salute by designers Vera Wang, Tommy HilfigerMichael KorsAlexander WangThom BrowneJeffrey BanksJohn VarvatosDonna KaranMarcus WainwrightJason Wu, and Diane von FurstenbergTory BurchCarolina HerreraMarc JacobsNorma KamaliCalvin Klein, and Reed Krakoff participated in the salute via a soundscape.

“The range and depth of talent honored at the CFDA Fashion Awards is the perfect proof that American fashion is a global powerhouse,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “I would like to thank Nadja Swarovski and Swarovski for their continued support of the CFDA Fashion Awards and American fashion.”

“It has been 17 years since Swarovski and the CFDA first partnered to recognize the talented minds of our industry at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Having the opportunity to witness the change and evolution of the American fashion industry over the last two decades has been a true inspiration and honor,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board. “In my mind, we celebrate fashion not only in its purest form of creating beautiful fabrics that adorn us, but as a true reflection of the Zeitgeist. It serves as a reminder that we influence so much more than what’s ‘in season’ – through fashion comes powerful self-expression and continuous empowerment.”

The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet and ceremony were broadcast on Facebook Live at  Additional highlights will be featured on and CFDA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, June 5th.

Diane von FurstenbergSteven Kolb, Nadja Swarovski

Issa Rae

Womenswear: Raf Simons for Calvin KleinGabriela HearstMarc JacobsVirgil Abloh for Off-White, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Menswear: Raf Simons, for Calvin KleinVirgil Abloh for Off-White, Supreme, Thom BrowneTom Ford
Accessory: Stuart Vevers for Coach, Irene Neuwirth for Irene Neuwirth Jewelry, Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel for Mansur GavrielPaul Andrew, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Mike Amiri for Amiri, Laura Vassar Brock & Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer MossSander Lak for Sies Marjan

HONOREES: Naomi CampbellEdward EnninfulCarolina HerreraKim Kardashian WestRalph LaurenNarciso RodriguezDonatella VersaceDiane von Furstenberg

Issa Rae (Host), Cate Blanchett, Claire DanesLee DanielsJulia GarnerCaroline KennedyKarlie KlossTrevor NoahLupita Nyong‘o,  Busy Phillips, Delaney TarrOprah Winfrey

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Sarah PaulsonBrooke ShieldsDiane LaneLiya KebedeJulianna MarguliesJessica and Jerry SeinfeldKatherine LangfordLili ReinhartCole SprouseAmber HeardGigi HadidAnwar HadidKendall JennerRosario Dawson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kaia GerberLewis HamiltonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyLaura HarrierJulia GarnerOlivia CulpoJourdan DunnAshley GrahamVictor CruzJasmine Sanders, Irina Shayk, Erika JayneLily Aldridge, Emily Ratajkowski, Shanina Shaik, Chanel ImanLais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Josephine SkriverMartha HuntStella MaxwellSara SampaioWinnie HarlowGrace Elizabeth, Hari Nef, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah BrentPaul Wesley, Marley Shelton, Alessandra AmbrosioTracee Ellis Ross.

DESIGNERS: Alexander WangTommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, Donna Karan, Vera WangErik TorstenssonBrett HeymanEva ZuckermanRachel ZoeRafe TotengcoTanya TaylorKobi HalperinCarly CushnieNicole MillerDanielle and Jodie SnyderZac PosenAlexandre BirmanRebecca MinkoffStacey Bendet EisnerSarah FlintTabitha SimmonsSachin and Babi AhluwaliaChristian SirianoJoseph AltuzarraReed KrakoffPrabal Gurung, Telfar Clemens, Phillip Lim.

The CFDA Remembers segment honored the passing of Amsale Aberra, Azzedine Alaïa, Pierre Bergé, Benjamin ChoHubert de GivenchyLance KareshJudith LeiberBernadine Morris, and Virginia Thoren.

As part of the CFDA’s commitment to design education, CFDA member Phillip Lim acknowledged the following scholarships and post-graduate opportunities and their recipients.

CFDA Scholarship Awards: Hannah Hyesoo KimRhode Island School of DesignYayi ChenParsons School of Design
Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award: Kritika ManchandaFashion Institute of Technology
Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award: Cameron OrlandAcademy of Art University
Kenneth Cole Footwear Innovation Award: Susan ZientyAcademy of Art University

Nomineeshonoreesand winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA membersleading fashion journalistsstylistsand top retail executives. Voting participation increased by 15 percent this year.

KCD was Executive Producer of the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards. The Creative Group provided Creative Direction of Graphics, Nominee Packages & Honoree Films. Stefan Beckman was Creative Director, Stage Design & Décor.

The official partners of the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards include:
Official Carpet Sponsor, ECONYL® x ege
Official Hydration Partner, LIFEWTR
Official Ride Share Partner, Lyft
Official Champagne Sponsor, Perrier-Jouët featuring Belle Epoque Rosé
Official Spirit Sponsor, Maestro Dobel Tequila
Official Hair Sponsor, Pureology

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About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership of over 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and is the organizer of the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes and engage in civic initiatives. For more information, please visit,,,,, and

About Swarovski
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.



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