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The Council of Fashion Designers of America held its annual CFDA Awards on Monday evening, celebrating the fashion industry's top designers.
Hosted by Seth Meyers, the event was held at Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Armie Hammer, Jon Bon Jovi, Karen Elson, Amber Valletta and Alek Wek were among the event's presenters.
Kenneth Cole was honored with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change for using his runways and advertisements as platforms to address social issues like homelessness and AIDS. "Thank you for choosing to recognize a socially-responsible business model," he told the crowd after being introduced by Jon Bon Jovi.
L.A.-to-Paris transplant Rick Owens received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by his striking wife Michele Lamy who said he "designs what he believes in elegance and absolute sincerity." "Thank you for allowing me to feel heard," Owens said accepting his award.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who has worked with everyone from John Galliano to Marc Jacobs, was given the Founder's Award. Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga was honored with the International Award. "He's fun, respectful and present," said model Alek Wek, introducing Gvasalia, who thanked his grandmother, "This is for you, Nora."
The Fashion Icon Award (previous recipients have included Lady Gaga and Rihanna) was given posthumously to legendary Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, who died in December. Keeping it in the family, the award was accepted by Sozzani's son, Francesco Sozzani, who is due to marry Wintour's daughter Bea Shaffer this summer.
The Board of Directors' Tribute recognized Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress/singer Janelle Monae ("These women are my heroes," Monae said on the red carpet). In introducing them, Diane Von Furstenberg praised the trio for crystallizing support for the historic Women's March, noted Steinem's "contagious beliefs and power to seduce," and named Monae a "super entertainer."
Steinem thanked Michael Kors for designing her sequin flared pants before calling on the audience to look back to ancient civilization before gender pronouns and hierarchies for guidance in the contentious times. "The big majority knows well the Trump-like walls can't control poison air, rising oceans or hungry and desperate refugees," she said. "Now there is more activism than I have ever seen in my lifetime, thanks to all of you, who are woke…maybe we're about to be free."
Richards said she was "happy to accept the award for the 1 in 5 women who have been to Planned Parenthood for health care," and singled out designer Tracy Reese and others in the fashion industry audience who have been part of the resistance proving that "looking good and doing good go hand-in-hand."
See the complete list of the 2017 CFDA Fashion Award winners below. The names of the winners are shown in red.
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