The CFDA Fashion Awards were handed out last night. They highlighted the best designers and creative minds of the past year, plus those who have had significant contribution to the fashion industry. But in a changing social and political climate, the CFDA has introduced an award that aimed to recognize those who espouse for positive change within the fashion community. The award is called Positive Social Influence and it was previously won by the Model Alliance founded by Sara Ziff who wanted to effect change in how models, especially those who have yet to make names for themselves, are treated.
The 2022 Positive Social Influence award was given to the collective called The Slaysians. It is composed of Laura Kim, co-creative director of Oscar dela Renta and Monse, Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung who both have their eponymous fashion collections, restauranteur Ezra Williams, and stylist and influencer Tina Leung. The group of friends are advocates of the “stop Asian hate” movement.
There were also two inaugural awards at this year’s ceremony. Law Roach accepted the Stylist Award in a dramatic black and white polkadot opera coat. His stylistic influence can be closely linked with Zendaya’s meteoric fashion rise. The other award was for innovation and it went to Kim Kardashian and her co-founders of shapewear brand Skims, Jens and Emma Grede.
In the past, the awards for womenswear and menswear designer of the year went to established names like The Row, Proenza Schouler and Tom Ford. But in recent years, relatively new labels have been snagging the trophy. Bode’s Emily Adams Bode Aujla repeated last year’s win by bagging the menswear designer of the year award for a second time. Catherine Holstein of Khaite took home the womenswear designer of the year award.
The rockstar Lenny Kravitz won the Fashion Icon award. The stylist Patti Wilson received the Media award. Andrew Bolton of the Costume Institute was handed the Founder’s Award. Other winners included Raul Lopez of Luar for Accessories Designer, Elena Velez for Emerging Designer, Jeffrey Banks for Special Anniversary in honor of his multiple menswear collections for various labels throughout the years, Chrome Hearts’ Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn for Lifetime Achievement, and the United Nations for Environmental Sustainability. A posthumous award was called Director’s Tribute was given to Virgil Abloh.
The awards were presented by Anna Wintour, Kerry Washington, Bradley Cooper, Trevor Noah, Joel Kim Booster, Keke Palmer and Cher.