The Council of Fashion Designers of America Award is a major red carpet event that I live for. The Awards took place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on the 7th of June. The red carpet was lined with fashion icons and risk-takers. It was celebratory night, recognizing everyone from emerging designers to the memory of Prince, David Bowie and Muhammad Ali and of course Beyoncé.
That evening the CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg introduced Queen Bey as the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon Award recipient:
“The image of a woman being in charge has never looked more glamorous and more desirable; She is everything all women want to be and after listening to her, no woman should ever feel belittled or insecure again. Talent, heart, strength and courage. That is what true style is about and all of that is what Beyoncé is the best example of.”
Beyoncé , love or hate her, she is a businesswoman to be reckoned with. Her work ethic, passion, commitment and decorum all adds to her success. With years in the music and entertainment industries, her influence has grown tremendously, engrossing many facets of life especially fashion. She has truly become an icon in her own right. In music and fashion and her growth continues. Doing it on her own terms is what got Beyoncé to where she stands today and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.
In her acceptance of the award, she noted:
“You know, as long as I can remember, fashion has been a part of my life. It’s effect on me actually started before I was born.” She mentions her grandmother and mother as major influences for her in her life and career especially “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t want to dress four black country girls. We couldn’t afford designer dresses. My mom was rejected from every showroom in New York.”
The full speech is below and tell us what you think of Beyoncé winning the CFDA Fashion Icon Award this year in collaboration with Swarovski.
The most important statement Beyoncé made for me was simple, true to the core and inspirational. She said
“This to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression, and strength. It transcends style and is a time capsule of our greatest milestones.”
I’m just reminiscing on her greatness, hoping to use it as inspiration in my own endeavors. Some say “it’s about time” others are totally indifferent on her receipt of the awards, was she deserving or not? Let’s talk.