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Raf Simons and Calvin Klein wins big at CFDA Awards 2017

by Calvin Chong
06.06.2017
Raf Simons is making history at CFDA this year, succeeding a record set by Calvin Klein in 1993.
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Known to many as "The Oscars of Fashion", the CFDA Awards is back again for 2017 and this year, Raf Simons is making history by winning two of its highest honours.

For the awards ceremony, Raf Simons, the current creative director of Calvin Klein, has won both Menswear Designer of the Year and Womenswear Designer of the Year Award for his work at Calvin Klein.

This achievement marks the second time in the history of CFDA, where one person wins both of the highest honours and to our delight, the first who made that mark in CFDA history was Calvin Klein himself in 1993.

Truly this makes a proud day for the celebrated American brand who has seen a total facelift in the hands of Raf (see his debut CK campaign here).

On his acceptance speech, Raf says, "If we as creatives can be an inspiration for how the world should look. I think that it's something we should take as a very important task."

"If we as creatives can be an inspiration for how the world should look. I think that it's something we should take as a very important task."

Alongside with Raf and Calvin Klein's big win for the night, other winners include Stuart Vevers who won Accessories Designer of the Year for his amazing portfolio at Coach and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia who won the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent for Monse.

And as per usual, a long list of amazing talents are honoured for their work in fashion at the CFDA Awards 2017. Here is the full list of winners and awardees of the night:

 

  • Womenswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

  • Menswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

  • Accessories Designer of the Year: Stuart Vevers for Coach

  • Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse

  • Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Kenneth Cole

  • Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Owens

  • Founders Award: Pat McGrath

  • International Award: Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga

  • Fashion Icon Award: Franca Sozzani

  • Board of Directors' Tribute: Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monae

 

 

(Cover Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Portrait Photo: Will Vanderperre/CFDA)

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