NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian was honored Monday at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards for her shapewear line and used the honor to call on designers to be inclusive of all body types.
Kardashian received the first-ever Innovation Award presented by Amazon Fashion for her shapewear brand SKIMS. Co-founder and CEO Jens Grede and founding partner and chief product officer Emma Grede also joined Kardashian in receiving the inaugural award.
The fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars was held in person Monday night and was hosted by actress Natasha Lyonne and designers and CFDA members Joseph Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Aurora James, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough . The evening commemorated American fashion history and 60 years of the fashion organization.
“Since our launch we have been focused on how to continue to shape the industry to embrace equal size and diversity as a must and not just a trend and I see a lot of between you are doing just that,” Kardashian told the star-studded audience. included her sisters Khloe and Kendall and her mother, Kris Jenner.
Martha Stewart presented the award to Kardashian, who had to make a quick announcement when a phone rang just before she started speaking. “Mom, turn off your phone,” Kardashian told Jenner to laughter from the audience.
The Kardashians were fully represented at the show, with Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner watching their sister accept her honor.
This year, Law Roach was honored with a new award recognizing stylists for their work.
“Once upon a time there was a queen born in south Chicago. A queen who was a force of fear for good and for beauty and she changed the fashion landscape just by being her,” Kerry Washington told the story of Roach’s youth.
He shared with the audience that he watched the CFDA Awards in 2016 from behind the scenes as Zendaya’s stylist.
“I watched from the kitchen as the waiters serve your food and I just thought, ‘One day I’ll be on that stage. I’m an example that anything and everything is possible,” Roach said.
Bradley Cooper, Trevor Noah and Christina Ricci were among other presenters at an evening where a variety of designers took home trophies and Lenny Kravitz received the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award.
“(Kravitz is) effortless, cool, eclectic, fearless,” Cooper said of introducing Kravitz. “Whatever it is, he has it. And when it comes to fashion, there’s no one cooler. There’s no other musician alive today who wears leather and leopard-like Lenny’s.
“My mother’s closet was my own personal shop. I put on scarves, belts, platform boots, boas imitating my heroes from the Jackson Five, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie and Miles Davis, ”said Kravitz, recounting his youth at the end of the years 60 and 70.
Last year, Zendaya was the youngest person to win the Icon award. Previous recipients have included Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.
Cher also made a surprise appearance to present an honor to stylist Patti Wilson. “Fashion should be fun and dreaded and Patti Wilson is fearless,” Cher said.
The Accessories Design Award went to Raul Lopez and the Emerging American Designer Award went to Elena Velez.
In the American designer categories, Catherine Holstein won the womenswear award for KHAITE and Emily Adams Bode Aujla won the menswear designer award.
The Board of Directors award was presented to Virgil Abloh to honor the late designer’s contribution to global fashion. The award was received by his wife, Shannon Abloh, who said “what he was able to accomplish in his short 41 years will continue to inspire us all for decades to come”.