CFDA Awards Brandon Maxwell, Jennifer Lopez & Barbie Win Top Honors
The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards took place on Monday night at the Brooklyn Museum. Household names like Jennifer Lopez and Mattel’s Barbie (yes, the doll) won big awards like the Fashion Icon Award and the Board of Directors’ Tribute, respectively.
Among the winners in the competitive categroies were Brandon Maxwell and Rick Owens. In addition, Carine Roitfeld, Eileen Fisher, Lynn Yaeger, Sarah Burton and Bob Mackie left with honorary awards of their own to commemorate their contributions to the fashion industry.
The event was cosponsored by Econyl, The Standard and Maestro Dobel Tequila and hosted attendees like A$AP Ferg, Virgil Abloh, Gigi Hadid and Shailene Woodley.
During her acceptance speech, Lopez thanked fashion moguls such as Oscar de la Renta, Versace and Gucci, saying that they “allowed me to get into their designs. To say I was a kid in a candy store was an understatement. And slowly, as curves began to be embraced, the girl who wanted to combine street style with couture began to blossom, and I’m grateful to all of you for that.”
Maxwell, who closely works with Lady Gaga as her fashion director, walked onto stage in a stupor as he was unprepared to win the award for womenswear. He proceeded to give an eloquent speech about the hard and gritty work that goes on behind the scenes when designing looks. He extended his thanks onto Instagram where he thanked the CFDA and elaborated on personal struggles that he had to overcome in order to achieve his success.
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It all felt like a dream. I’m so honored 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. 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 apologize to everyone in the room for the very very long pauses in between words while I was catching my breath. No designer does this job alone, and I have so many people to thank, and because I couldn’t at all grasp what was occurring in the moment, I know I forgot so many people and I’m so sorry for that. Let me say clearly and simply to all of you who have gone on this ride with me; I don’t deserve you and I thank god for you every day. This is a moment a person can only dream of, and I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it, but I will spend the rest of my life trying to honor the love and kindness you have shown me. 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. All I really ever wanted in my life was to create something worthy of being remembered and to make my family proud. I know I have a very long way to go before I’ve truly done that, but this a very kind reminder to just keep going no matter how hard it gets, and I’m eternally indebted to all of those that helped to make it happen. ❤️
You can check out the rest of the winners here.