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Inspiration Shimmers at CFDA Fashion Awards

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 07, 2016
Inspiration Shimmers at CFDA Fashion Awards

For over 30 years, the annual fashion event has been recognizing the outstanding contributions made to American fashion. Last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony was no exception. With major fashion icons in the attendance such as Beyoncé, the Olsen twins, Norma Kamali, and Brandon Maxwell (Lady Gaga’s stylist), a David Bowie tribute, and powerful performances by Jennifer Hudson and Ciara, the night sizzled with style and star power.

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Ciara, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen with sister Elizabeth Olsen and Heidi Klum arriving at the CDFA Fashion Awards. New York City, June 6, 2016.
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Olivia Wilde shows off baby bump, iconic designer Norma Kamali poses on the red carpet and Kirsten Dunst gleams at the CFDA Fashion Awards. New York City, June 6, 2016.

But these individuals shined far beyond their designer sequins. Honorary awards and recognitions were given to those for design excellence, extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement.

When receiving the coveted CFDA’s 2016 Fashion Icon Award, Beyoncé delivered an emotional speech, taking the audience back to the good old days of Destiny’s Child and her humble beginnings. Grab your tissue boxes…

“When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black, country, curvy, girls,” she said. “We couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York but like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity and to give her children their dreams.”

“My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress. And the list goes on and on. This to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression, truth. It transcends style, and is a time capsule for all of our greatest milestones.”

The ground-breaking Lemonade entertainer and musician whose power and influence sears through ceilings left the audience with a simple reminder. Stay humble.

“I encourage you to not forget this power that you have or take it lightly. We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine and see her own reflection.”

Bey wasn’t the only one who went throwback style in their tear teetering speeches.

USA Today reported the moving moments that topped the night which included: While presenting Norma Kamali with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Kors told the story of his friend at FIT, who couldn’t afford the designer’s then-revolutionary sleeping bag coat, so she wrapped herself in her dorm room duvet cover. And Brandon Maxwell, Lady Gaga’s stylist turned Swarovski Award for Womenswear winner, who thanked everyone profusely and hilariously, saying he never thought he’d be there while growing up “really gay” in a small town.

“Though decked in incredibly expensive designer garb,” USA Today says, “they still could relate in various ways.”

To learn more about the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Awards, visit their website, CFDA.com.

Photo Credits: Splash News