Congratulations Raf Simons for receiving two Council of Fashion Design of America (CFDA) Awards in New York yesterday!
Simons was the winner of the Womenswear Designer of the Year and Menswear Designer of the Year awards for his work with Calvin Klein.
The CFDA commented on Simons, "He brought the potent mix to New York Fashion Week: Men’s in February and just a few weeks later, raised the American menswear bar at Calvin Klein with varsity sweaters featuring sheer torsos, strong tailoring, and head-to-toe denim. The show instantly pressed the reset button on Calvin’s cool factor for this and for future generations".
Simons is a Belgian designer who began his career in furniture design. He started his own menswear label Raf Simons in 1995. Since then, Simons has worked for Jil Sander, Christian Dior and, since February, at Calvin Klein.
- Raf Simons upon receiving his award
"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."
We also want to congratulate the other winners yesterday at the CFDA awards.
Kenneth Cole received the Swarovski Award for Positive Change.
Rick Owens received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award.
Pat McGrath received the Founder's award.
Demna Gvasalia with Vestments and Balenciaga received the International Award.
Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinman and Janelle Monae received the Board of Director' Tribute.
Franca Sozzuni received the Fashion Icon award.
Stuart Vevers with Coach received the Accessory Designer of the Year award.
Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim with Monse received the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent.