CFDA Awards / by Jon Apolonio

©Danielle Levitt

©Danielle Levitt

©Fabien Montique

©Fabien Montique

Let’s keep this one nice short and sweet. The CFDA Awards are now over and boy this is exciting. My favourite designer Rick Owens won Menswear designer of the year. Definitely was not expecting that with people who were nominated for the award. With the field being Mike Amiri, Virgil Abloh, Thome Brown, and Kerby Jean-Raymond I was expecting Virgil to honestly win the award. Not because of the hype that he has built around Off-White but the impact that he has made on luxury “streetwear”. Today we see more and more of the luxury brands cater their target market to a younger audience. I mean this is my opinion but alone the bold moves that Virgil has made over the past few years from his work at Off-White to becoming the Creative Director at Louis Vuitton I thought for sure he would won the award.

That being said I do love that Rick won the award. It motivates me more to work just as hard as he did to get to where he is now. Being an independently owned label shows that if you put in hard work that it will show in the long run. Which pushes me that much harder to work on my own designs so that I can be recognized for something this prestigious one day.