Wearing a wide-brimmed hat that looked a bit like what Clint Eastwood wore in the classic movie, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Beyoncé was the surprise honoree at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards Monday night in New York. The superstar singer was presented the Fashion Icon Award at the annual event that salutes fashion heavyweights of the year.
Usually, the Fashion Icon Award is named in advance, but this go around the winner was not revealed until Beyoncé showed up at the podium. Wearing a Givenchy Haute Couture black grain de poudre suit with hand embroidered crystals in a chain motif, black silk lace blouse and black felt broad brimmed hat, all custom made by Riccardo Tisci, she received the award from CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg.
Jay Z wore a Givenchy tuxedo also designed by Tisci.
The prestigious awards are determined by nominations and voting by a select group of fashion industry insiders and media professionals, including yours truly. Marc Jacobs was named Womenswear Designer of the Year, Thom Browne was honored as Menswear Designer of the Year and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award.
Other winners for emerging talent included:
- The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Brandon Maxwell, a favorite of Lady Gaga.
- The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Alex, Matthew, and Samantha Orley, for Orley.
- The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Paul Andrew.
Michael Kors presented The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to Norma Kamali while Calvin Klein honored Donna Karan with the Founder's Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert. The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard was presented to Imran Amed of The Business of Fashion by Alexa Chung.
And hot Gucci designer Alessandro Michele was recognized with this year's International Award, presented by Vogue editor Anna Wintour.