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Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams: CFDA Awards 2023 winners, more – USA TODAY
November 9, 2023
NEW YORK – Amid sleek black tie fare and voluminous gowns, a giant walrus watched on while a 94-foot-long blue whale floated overhead. No, it wasn’t a fever dream, but a night at the museum for the 61st annual CFDA Fashion Awards.
A-list celebrities and the fashion elite ventured to uptown Manhattan on Monday night to the American Museum of Natural History for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s annual event, likened to the Oscars of American fashion.
“Through fashion, we truly have the opportunity to paint our own tapestry and share our unique perspectives with the world,” said Serena Williams, who earned the night’s fashion icon award presented to her by friend Kim Kardashian. Williams, who wore custom Thom Browne for the occasion, recalled “reimagining the traditional tennis outfits” with “skirts out of denim, and I wore purple tutus and bodysuits and knee-high boots and put beads in my hair and braids.”
“I stand here with you all today, not just as an athlete, but as someone who has personally experienced the extraordinary power of fashion,” said the tennis great and S by Serena creator.
The 2023 event − hosted by Anne Hathaway (who stepped in after original host Sarah Jessica Parker was “unable to due to unforeseen circumstances”) − focused on womenswear, menswear, accessories and emerging talent amid other achievement awards.
“I am your host, Sarah Jessica Parker’s understudy,” Hathaway joked. “Or as the internet sometimes refers to me, not Amal Clooney.”
CFDA Fashion Award winners include Khaite’s Catherine Holstein, Willy Chavarria, more
For the second year in a row, Catherine Holstein won the womenswear designer award for her work at Khaite, up against Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Christopher John Rogers, Raul Lopez for Luar and Tory Burch for the coveted top award of the night.
Hathaway presented the womenswear award alongside designer Narciso Rodriguez, rattling off a list of qualities womenswear must possess: “a design that fits a variety of body shapes, skin tones, age groups, personality types, seasons, budgets, hopes and dreams, passes 24/7 endurance performance stress tests, it’s aspirational, yet grounded, fully rooted in the myriad responsibilities of a woman’s daily life.”
More winners of the night included Willy Chavarria for menswear designer (“I design to lift people up,” said Chavarria, who noted he lost his prepared remarks while dressing Rauw Alejandro and Tokischa); Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for accessory designer of luxe fashion brand The Row (they didn’t attend); and Diotima’s Rachel Scott for emerging designer presented by Shop with Google (the Jamaican-born and New York-based designer incredulously walked on stage to Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” blasting over the speakers).
Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop “keyed into the zeitgeist,” said Demi Moore, who presented the lifestyle brand founder and CEO with the Amazon Fashion Innovation Award.
“Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t become an award-winning business mogul overnight. I mean some of you may not know this, but she started as an actress,” Moore said to laughs from the crowd.
“A friend of mine once referred to Goop as an irreplaceable provocateur for good. And when I look forward to the next 15 years, I really hope that we continue to be culture changers to inspire big or small changes,” Paltrow said.
Vera Wang received the Board of Director’s Tribute, celebrating her work in bridal fashion as “a disrupter, a trailblazer and a true visionary,” presenter Vanessa Hudgens said.
“I didn’t think I’d be this moved, but I really am,” Wang said as she accepted the trophy.
Wang said she hopes her win “adds a much-needed light on the bridal industry for a fashion veteran like myself, who barely made it to the alter at 40 and was probably the woman least likely to get married, let alone devote 30-plus years to creating wedding gowns.”
Tom Ford chairperson Domenico De Sole took home the founder’s award, while the CFDA honored fashion designer Maria Cornejo with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and journalist Alina Cho won the media award. Mara Hoffman received the sustainability award, presented to her by Rosario Dawson.