Content Exchange

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council of Fashion Designers of America [CFDA] celebrated the winners and honorees of the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards at an intimate ceremony at THE POOL + THE GRILL in New York tonight. Presided over by Tom Ford, Chairman of the CFDA, the evening brought together a mix of American designers, brands and organizations from across the American Fashion Industry, as well as international brands.

Emily Blunt, who served as the evening's host, presented the American Womenswear Designer of the Year award to Christopher John Rogers, and the American Menswear Designer of the Year to Emily Bode Aujla of Bode. Ciara announced that Telfar Clemens of Telfar was the American Accessories Designer of the Year, while HoYeon Jung presented the American Emerging Designer of the Year to Edvin Thompson of Theophilio.

Paloma Elsesser presented Demna of Balenciaga with the International Women's Designer of the Year award and announced that Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner is this year's International Men's Designer of the Year. Jeremy O. Harris accepted on behalf of Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner.

Zendaya was named Fashion Icon, presented by Iman.

Cara Delevingne presented Anya Taylor-Joy with CFDA's first Face of the Year award.

In one of the most powerful moments of the evening, before presenting its founder Sara Ziff with the Positive Social Influence Award, models Beverly Johnson and Carré Otis recounted their personal experience with assault and abuse throughout their careers, and the vital role The Model Alliance played in advocating for the rights and wellbeing of models.

Carolyn Murphy presented Patagonia with the Environmental Sustainability Award, which was accepted by Patagonia's District Environmental Coordinator Rebecca Goodstein.

Emily Ratajkowski presented Nina Garcia with the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard.

Yeohlee Teng received the Board of Directors' Tribute, which was presented by Michael Kors.

The Founder's Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert was presented to Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge by Anna Wintour.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dapper Dan by Valerie Steele.

"The American fashion industry has been called many things, but one thing we can agree on is that optimism and determination drive our industry," said Ford. "Tonight was a celebration of American Fashion and how the industry came together to navigate the pandemic in so many ways. With COVID came incredible creativity, and it forced us to think in a different way more than ever before – about our brands and what we stand for, about our customers, our employees and everyone who is a part of keeping our businesses moving forward. The fashion industry is a $3-trillion-dollar industry that employs millions of people: designers, seamstresses, pattern makers, models, editors, hair and makeup artists, photographers, sales associates, and the list goes on.  There are so many reasons to feel proud, and it's an honor to celebrate the people who make American Fashion what it is tonight."



Emily Blunt


Anna Wintour, Beverly Johnson, Cara Delevingne, Carolyn Murphy, Carré Otis, Ciara, Emily Ratajkowski, HoYeon Jung, Iman, Michael Kors, Paloma Elsesser, Valerie Steele


Anya Taylor-Joy, Aurora James, Dapper Dan, Nina Garcia, Yeohlee Teng, Zendaya, Patagonia, The Model Alliance


American Womenswear Designer of the Year: Catherine Holstein for KHAITE, Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Peter Do

American Menswear Designer of the Year: to Emily Bode Aujla for BODE, Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God, Mike Amiri for AMIRI, Telfar Clemens for Telfar, Thom Browne

American Accessories Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers for Coach, Telfar Clemens for Telfar

American Emerging Designer of the Year: Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, Jameel Mohammed for KHIRY, Kenneth Nicholson, Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen

International Women's Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Demna for Balenciaga, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

International Men's Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton 

As well as VIP guests, including: Amanda Murray, Anok Yai, ASAP Ferg, Aubrey Plaza, Blake Gray, Candice Huffine, Chloe Fineman, Dove Cameron, Drew Barrymore, Evan Mock, Hari Nef, Heidi Mount, J. Balvin, Julia Fox, Karlie Kloss, Karreuche Tran, Kehlani, Kid Cudi, Liya Kebede, Lolo Zouaï, Natasha Poly, Precious Lee, Rachel Zegler, Rebecca Dayan, Simon Rex, Tommy Dorfman, Violetta Komyshan, Wisdom Kaye, Zazie Beetz, and many more.

Alexandre Birman, Batsheva Hay, Brett Heyman, Carly Cushnie, Christian Siriano, Cynthia Rowley, Dao-Yi Chow, Jeffrey Banks, Jonathan Cohen, Kenneth Cole, LaQuan Smith, Nicole Miller, Reese Cooper, Sally LaPointe, Stacey Bendet, Stan Herman, Tanya Taylor, Tracy Reese, Vera Wang, Wes Gordon.

Andrew Bolton, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Fern Mallis, Inez & Vinoodh, Ivan Bart, Lauren Bush Lauren, Law Roach, Linda Fargo, Roopal Patel, Selby Drummond, Steven Gan, Vanessa Traina

The official partners of the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards include:

Official Automotive and Sustainability Partner, Volvo Car USA

Official Skincare Partner, Dr. Barbara Sturm

Official Non-Alcoholic Spirits Partner, CleanCo

Official Spirits Partner, Air Company


Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. 


House Photography: BFA:

Link to download images: BFA:

MNR (Multimedia News Release): Broadcast quality videos, high-resolution photographs, and press release will be available the evening of November 10 at


Facebook: CFDA

Instagram: @CFDA, #CFDAawards

Twitter: @CFDA, #CFDAawards

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 452 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. Pillars include Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through the IMPACT initiative, as well as Sustainability in Fashion. The organization provides its members with timely and relevant thought-leadership and business development support. Emerging designers and students are supported through professional development programming and numerous grant and scholarship opportunities. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, is the organizer of the Official New York Fashion Schedule as part of the American Collections Calendar, as well as RUNWAY360, the digital destination for collection releases year-round. 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.



Cision View original content:

SOURCE Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

This article originally ran on Content Exchange

Trending Food Videos