Even though only one brand could be chosen as the winner, all the other nominees deserved a great applause as well. I found this year's nominees to be quite a tough decision, as for well, all of them have become a favorite of mine together with others. Again, congratulations to all the CFDA winners! Well deserved.
If you have not yet watched the broadcast of the CFDA Awards Ceremony on Style.com, then you should take some time to watch every episode of it. The ceremony - joyful, spirited, and humble - was made for everyone to enjoy. It was nice to sit down and watch as how the nominees were being honored at such a special night. I found Ralph Lauren's speech towards Vera Wang's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement such a beautiful and compelling one. I wish I could have heard more of Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, but we got to see another side of him here. Behind the dark themes of his designs, there seems to be a shy designer with a great heart. He really did deserve the CFDA International Awards. Overall, the ceremony is a must see.
Below are the winners of the CFDA Awards:
Womenswear Designer of the Year - Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernanadez, Proenza Schouler
Accessories Designer of the Year - Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Menswear Designer of the Year - Thom Browne
Swarovski Award for Accessories - Pamela Love
Swarovski Award for Menswear - Dao-Yi & Maxwell Osborne, Public School
Swarovski Award for Womenswear - Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty, Suno