It’s 2020 and with it comes a global pandemic and a global uprising. So, how do the CFDA Awards look this year? They were presented in a 10 minute video hosted by Chairman Tom Ford. But more importantly, for the first time in the awards’ history, the CFDA awarded three Black designers top prizes: Kerby Jean-Raymond (above) won menswear designer of the year for Pyer Moss; Telfar Clemens won accessories designer of the year for Telfar; and Christopher John Rogers won the American emerging talent award. These wins mark the first win since Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow won in 2014. About time. Gabriela Hearst’s win for womenswear designer of the year marks the first time a woman has won the womenswear award since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen won for The Row in 2015. It also marks the only woman to win an award this year. The other winners included Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino as international womenswewar designer, and Kim Jones for international menswear designer for Dior Men. The CFDA website states: “this is first CFDA Fashion Award for each designer in the four American categories and represents the most diverse group of recipients in the awards’ 39-year history.” We repeat: about time.
by Roxy Lola