The 2016 CFDA Awards

Every year, The Council of Fashion Designers of America honor those who have provided tremendous contributions, impact and influence to the American fashion industry and this year the list of nominees and honorees was positively overflowing with talent and innovation. Taking place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom the evening was hosted by Joel McHale and the ceremony handed out awards within in the following categories: design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement. This year, in addition to the awards being handed out, a beautiful tribute was put together showcasing David Bowie’s imaginative and one-of-a-kind fashion legacy that he will forever be remembered for.

To see the winners, read them all in the slideshow above and see the full list of all of the nominees and honoree’s from this years award ceremony.

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Marc Jacobs
Proenza Schouler: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Altuzarra: Joseph Altuzarra
Rodarte: Kate and Laura Mulleavy
The Row: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

Menswear Designer of the Year
Thom Browne
Public School: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Rag & Bone: David Neville and Marcus Wainwright
Todd Snyder
Tim Coppens

Accessories Designer of the Year
Irene Neuwirth
The Row: Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen
Altuzarra: Joseph Altuzarra
Mansur Gavriel: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel
Proenza Schouler: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Monse: Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia
Brandon Maxwell
Ryan Roche

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Orley: Alex Orley, Matthew Orley, Samantha Orley
John Elliott
Gypsy Sport: Rio Uribe

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Brother Vellies: Aurora James
Paul Andrew
Gigi Burris

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Norma Kamali

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Imran Amed, editor in chief of The Business of Fashion

The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert
Donna Karan

International Award
Gucci: Alessandro Michele

Board of Directors’ Tribute Award
David Bowie

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