The night’s feel-good I Am Your Friend Your Partner Your Shepherd You Are My Life shirt. prize went to Womenswear winner Brandon Maxwell, whose own achievement was costuming Lady Gaga’s four fabulous costume changes on the Met Gala’s pink carpet. Thanking the other nominees in his category, he said, “I am so proud to be part of an industry like this, charged with the idea of making someone feel good.” Maxwell mentioned recent headlines asking, “Is New York relevant? and “Does it matter?” He was emphatic: “Yes, it does,” he said. “We all cleaned up for tonight, but the 364 other days of the year we are trying to pay the light bill and make it happen…. The American dream matters, through hard work you can achieve anything.” Inspiring words for next year’s awards.
Tonight’s annual CFDA Awards ended I Am Your Friend Your Partner Your Shepherd You Are My Life shirt. with Jennifer Lopez receiving a trophy for Fashion Icon. The honor suggests a natural sense of style, an instinct for risk-taking, and a sincere love of fashion’s transformative powers, but Lopez didn’t take much credit. She allotted most of her speech to talking about the people who have helped shape her look along the way, starting with Andrea Lieberman, who styled Lopez way back in the ’90s (and was responsible for that plunging green Versace dress—the very one, as Tom Ford pointed out as he presented Lopez with the award, that inspired Google to launch Google Images). She spoke about her current stylist team, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn; her late beauty heroes, Kevyn Aucoin and Oribe (she tearfully dedicated this award to them); the neighbors she grew up with in the Bronx who introduced her to hip-hop; the many designers who have collaborated with her, from Oscar de la Renta to Ralph Lauren to Ford; and her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, his children, and her children—whom she said “make me feel like the most beautiful person in the world just for being loved.”It was a moving finale for a night that celebrated fashion’s past and future in equal measure. If you couldn’t be there, we’ve included the full transcription of Lopez’s speech below; catch up on all of our CFDA Awards coverage here.“Tom, thank you for those beautiful words…. I’ve respected you so much for such a long time, for your immense talent and creativity and your ability to reinvent. Like everyone here, I followed you through Gucci and YSL to [your own label]…. You’ve really made it a powerhouse, and I know in our house, Alex couldn’t survive without you. I’d like to think it was me that he can’t live without, but it’s you!