CFDA Awards: Catherine Holstein, Emily Adams Bode and Kim Kardashian Among Winners

CFDA Awards: Catherine Holstein, Emily Adams Bode and Kim Kardashian Among Winners

New York’s fashion industry congregated at current hotspot Cipriani South Street on Nov. 7 to honor the best of American design at the annual CFDA Awards, the first time the ceremony has returned to its full format since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic — the 2021 event was a truncated, less formal affair that took place at the iconic The Grill and The Pool restaurants in Midtown Manhattan.

American Womenswear Designers and Womenswear Designers Of The Year were Catherine Holstein of Khaite, and Emily Adams Bode (founder of the eponymous brand Bode), among the big winners of the night. Raul Lopez of Luar was a well-known brand for its handbags with large handles. Elena Velez, a Wisconsin native, won American Emerging Designer.

That yin and yang of the up-and-comer vs. established brands is among the reasons this event produced by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, remains a favorite among designers and stars alike. Celeb and designer pairings included Katie Holmes and Jonathan Simkhai, Marisa Toomei with Gabriela Shearst, Rachel Brosnahan and Sarah Flint, as well as emerging designer nominee Bach Mai and actress Minnie Mills. Cher ,, meanwhile, was present to present the night’s Media Award to stylist Patti Wilson. The red carpet was the final appearance of the evening’s finale. She wore a leather biker-inspired gown by Chrome Hearts.

“Fashion is a family. Tonight we gather as a reminder that we share many of the same passions and stress,” stated Wes Gordon, creative chief of Carolina Herrera. He arrived with Halle Bailey, Adria Arjona, and Wes Gordon. “That’s what makes New York so special as fashion hub. You really feel a kindness, closeness, and camaraderie between all the designers.”

Along with the night’s competition categories, a variety honorees were announced before the awards ceremony. These included Law Roach as Stylist-of-the Year, introduced by Kerry Washington, and Skims, a shapewear brand founded by entrepreneurs Emma and Jens Grde. They were both recognized by the CFDA with the Amazon Innovation Award (Amazon Fashion was night’s presenting sponsor). “We’re such a young company, only three years old, so to win a CFDA Award is huge, and yet I feel like we won the right award,” Emma Grede told THR on the red carpet. “It’s something that I’m proud of, since we spend a lot on Skims.”

Emma Grede was asked if it is possible to quantify the influence Kim Kardashian’s name had on the brand. She replied, “Kim, she is everything — she’s the brand and the genesis.” Skims has been what it is because of her hard work every day. Without her, it would not be what it is. She is a great business partner .”


Emma Grede wore Schiaparelli at the CFDA red-carpet, as did Kris Jenner and Patti Wilson. Natasha Lyonne paired her Proenza Schuuler look with Daniel Roseberry earrings for the Paris-based house. If any label competed with Schiaparelli for most popular at the event, it was surely Thom Browne, worn by stars including Justin Theroux and Janelle Monae. Monae stated that Thom had so many incredible options and she loved it the moment she saw it. She wore voluminous, asymmetrical shoes with high heels that looked like children’s building blocks.

Browne was among the nominees for 2022 menswear designer of the year, as well as the incoming chairman of the CFDA, a post he assumes in January. “American fashion represents a truly diverse group of talent, and I want to make sure they feel nurtured and that they remember that it always starts from a place of creativity,” Browne told THR on the red carpet.

This affection was evident throughout the evening. Stan Herman, former president of CFDA, said, “Look at her — She represents the beauty and the world.” He arrived with Broadway icon Bernadette, who was wearing Dolce & Gabbana with jewelry from David Webb, as well as a pair of vintage earrings that were originally designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. “She’s fashionable, talented; she sings as an angel and looks like an angel. Herman said that she is everything.

Peters stated, “We have been friends for a while, but I also wanted the opportunity to be here because fashion is so important.” “When you think of young children somewhere in the Midwest trying to invent themselves, express themselves, and fashion, it’s the thing they embrace and embrace. It’s important to celebrate that.”

Also top of mind among many of the night’s attendees: a mutual love of Lenny Kravitz, named the 2022 Style Icon by the CFDA, an award presented by Bradley Cooper. Michael Kors stated on the red carpet, “What don’t I love about Lenny? His style?” “He has swagger, glamour, and an American style that is completely fearless.

Amanda Seyfried was also accompanied by Kors. “It almost seems that Lenny doesn’t need to think about his style; he always has the perfect pieces.”

“It seems right to be honoring somebody who has changed and shifted what we find to be cool and dope and fresh,” said Keke Palmer, attending her first CFDA Awards in a floral ballgown by Carolina Herrera.

“Why hasn’t Lenny won the award before?” He should have,” Theroux stated. “Only Lenny Kravitz is capable of pulling off the Lenny Kravitz style. It’s astounding.”

“Lenny and that scarf, right?” remarked Aurora James, a 2022 nominee and founder of accessories brand Brother Vellies, of Kravitz’s signature accessory. “Everything he has done is so good, and it really about expressing yourself, showing your culture and feeling about the world, as well as not being afraid of taking risks.” Kravitz was dressed by LaQuan Smith for the evening, which included a wool blazer and leather pants, as well an ostrich boa.

While that idea of risk-taking resonated for many at the CFDA Awards, Holmes, wearing Simkhai’s crystal-embellished slipdress from his Spring 2023 collection, said she loved fashion because it could be considered a form of storytelling. “It really can take you to another place, while there’s also something so easy and elegant about what I’m wearing,” Holmes said to THR. “Jonathan gives my life that glamour and makes it feel like I’m in a fantasy world. That’s what I love about fashion .”

American Womenswear Designer of the Year Catherine Holstein for Khaite

American Menswear Designer of the Year Emily Bode Aujla for Bode

American Accessory Designer of the Year Raul Lopez for Luar

American Emerging Designer of the Year Elena Velez

Board of Trustee’s Award Virgil Aboh

Fashion Icon Lenny Kravitz

Positive Social Influence Award Slaysians from The House of Slay featuring Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung and Ezra William

Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert Andrew Bolton

Amazon Innovation Award Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jens Grede of Skims

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Laurie Lynn Stark and Richard Stark of Chrome Hearts

Media Award in Honore of Eugenia Sheppard Patti Wilson

Environmental Sustainability Award The United Nations

Stylist Award Law Roach

Special Anniversary Award Jeffrey Banks

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