Every year the CFDA honors those who have contributed exceptionally towards American fashion, in any of the various fields related to the industry. Whether it be design, journalism, art, creative vision or the overall achievements by someone having spent an entire lifetime in the field of fashion. The much awaited event this year is going to be held on the 6th of June at the Alice Tully Hall situated at Lincoln Centre in New York city.
The lifetime achievement award has been christened the Geoffrey Beene Award for recognizing the man’s incomparable contributions to American fashion. Other noteworthy awards presented on the occasion will be the Swarovski Awards for contribution in womenswear, menswear and accessories. This particular award was started by Perry Ellis in the year 1986 to recognize the best new talents in the industry.
This year is also going to complete a decade of Swarovski’s support and sponsorship to the CFDA Fashion Awards.
Tonight, Marc Jacobs heads to the CFDA Awards to accept the honorary Lifetime Achievement prize from his muse, Sofia Coppola. Yesterday, he was busy co-hosting the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, a boozy, all-day affair on Governors Island, where, he told us, he was somewhat prepared for the evening. His outfit? “A tuxedo I had made many years ago from Huntsman," he said. "It’s the same tuxedo I always wear. I have not worn a different one for years. I think it took about five fittings to get it right, and so it’s just my tuxedo.” And is the speech ready? “I have to write it still,” he told us. “I’ve been struggling with writing it, to be honest. I’m not a good writer at all. Anytime anyone’s ever asked me to write something, what I do is, I write notes and thoughts, and they build up and over a week I kind of edit through those thoughts. And then I try to put them in some order and then I reread it. Then I run it by somebody. Then I rewrite it. So it’s kind of a process that has to happen over a course of days, and I think when the pressure is there, that’s when it’ll come. So tonight and tomorrow I’ll get it together.”