NEW YORK — Marc, Thom and Beyoncé.
Those were the big winners Monday night at the CFDA Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom here, as Marc Jacobs received the Womenswear Designer of the Year prize; Thom Browne won Menswear Designer of the Year and Beyoncé was the recipient of the Fashion Icon Award. Usually the winner of that honorary prize is revealed along with the nominees in April, but this time around Beyoncé’s selection was a surprise.
Accessories Designer of the Year went to Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel. The Swarovski Awards went to Brandon Maxwell for women’s wear; Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley of Orley for men’s wear, and Paul Andrew for accessories.
Among the other honorary prizewinners this year were Norma Kamali, who received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Donna Karan, who received the Founder’s Award; Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, the International Award, and the Board of Directors’ Tribute was given to David Bowie, who died in January.
The Kenneth Cole Footwear and Accessory Innovation Fellowship was awarded to Blake Felty, a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, and Kara Kroeger, a graduate of Kent State University.
Felty and Kroeger will receive a 12-month, full-time, post-graduate placement within Kenneth Cole Productions.
The CFDA shook up the format of the awards this year, shifting them from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to the Hammerstein Ballroom and adding a dinner before the actual awards ceremony. There had even been talk of a television broadcast of the awards that would have been produced by Harvey Weinstein, but those plans fell apart last month given time constraints.
The other nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year were Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler; Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for The Row.
The other men’s wear nominees were Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School; Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone; Tim Coppens, and Todd Snyder.
Accessory Designer of the Year nominees in addition to Mansur Gavriel were Altuzarra; Irene Neuwirth; McCollough and Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and the Olsens for The Row.
The Swarovski award nominees for women’s wear also included Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, and Ryan Roche; for men’s wear, Rio Uribe for Gypsy Sport and John Elliott, and, for accessories, Aurora James for Brother Vellies and Gigi Burris.
Last year’s winners were the Olsens for the Row for Womenswear Designer of the Year; Tom Ford for Menswear Designer of the Year; Tabitha Simmons for Accessories Designer of the Year and, in the Swarovski categories, Mansur Gavriel for accessories; Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air for men’s wear, and Rosie Assoulin for women’s wear. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Betsey Johnson; the Founder’s Award to Millard “Mickey” Drexler of J. Crew; the International Award to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino; the Media Ward to Instagram, and the Fashion Icon Award to Pharrell Williams.