On Monday June 4, on an evening at New York’s Brooklyn Museum that sparkled with more than two million Swarovski crystals. The greatest talents and the biggest players came together at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards to recognize 2018’s key fashion achievements.
Among the 11 awards presented was the Swarovski Award for Positive Change that went to Diane von Furstenberg for her philanthropy and commitment to women’s empowerment. The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent was won by Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, and presented by supermodel and Swarovski Ambassador Karlie Kloss.
Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is a not-for-profit organization with a membership of around 500 of America’s leading designers. It raises funds for charity and fashion industry activities such as scholarships, colleges and design careers. Swarovski has been playing a pivotal partnership role for the last 17 years.
This year’s host was Issa Rae, star of HBO’s hit show Insecure. She held the audience in the palm of her hand attired in a one-shouldered, cobalt blue jumpsuit with a floaty skirt overlay from Pyer Moss. Inspired by the glamour of Diana Ross’s character in the film Mahogany, the entire ensemble shimmered in allover XILION Rose Hotfix 2038 and XIRIUS Rose Hotfix 2078 crystals from Swarovski, giving Ms Rae a majestic aura.
Among the attendees was Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt, who dazzled on the red carpet in a Thom Browne gown accessorized with chandelier earrings made using Swarovski’s XILION Square Fancy Stone 4428 and Baguette Fancy Stone 4501. Taking her self-professed commitment to sustainable sparkle to another level, even her eye makeup included Swarovski crystals.
New kid on the block Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, wore head-to-toe Alexander Wang, including silk boxer shorts and sheer tights with “Alexander Wang” embroidered in XIRIUS Rose Hotfix 2078 crystals from Swarovski along the length of the leg. This was her first CFDA Fashion Awards experience, and she was unforgettable.
With Swarovski crystal-embellished fruit on reception tables and crystallized decorations throughout the venue, the evening was a dazzling success.