This week has been a very interesting one that all fashionistas will love to look back on. Not only did the CFDA awards take place, but a good number of black designers were recognized and awarded for their work in the fashion industry. Yep, Yaay for Black!
In the CFDA roundup, you will see some of the best looks of the day, including Zendaya’s two-piece by Vera Wang. Make sure you read to the end to see the hot update about Squid Game and Gucci as well as the big fine that Kanye West’s brand, Yeezy, was slammed with.
Ooh, excited yet? Let’s start with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards 2021!
African Designers win big at the CFDA 2021 Awards
For the first in 2 years, the CFDA Awards took place as a physical event. The star-studded ceremony happened at The Pool + Grill in New York and featured actors and actresses, fashion designers and other well-known people in show business.
Africa-tied fashion brands, Brother Vellies and Telfar Clemens both were honorees at the 2021 CFDA ceremony.
Brother Vellies was founded by Aurora James in 2013 and the brand’s products are hand-manufactured in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco. Aurora James won the CFDA’s Founder’s Award for her brand’s work with the 15 per cent Pledge (nonprofit).
Telfar Clemens, on the other hand, is of Liberian descent and was born in Queens, New York. He launched his eponymous label, TELFAR, in 2004 and produced unisex designs with an emphasis on being simple and sport-ish. On November 10, CFDA honoured this fashionable Liberian as the American Accessories Designer of the year.
A number of notable people received awards at the ceremony including Zendaya, Demna of Balenciaga, Emily Bode Aujla of Bode, Nina Garcia, Christopher John Rogers and Harlem’s Dapper Dan.
Zendaya received the CFDA’s Fashion Icon award. See the full list of this year’s CFDA awards below.
Full list of 2021 CFDA Awardees
- CFDA Fashion Icon: Zendaya
- CFDA Face of the Year: Anya Taylor-Joy
- Positive Social Influence Award: The Model Alliance
- Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard: Nina Garcia
- American Womenswear Designer of the Year: Christopher John Rogers
- Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Dapper Dan
- American Menswear Designer of the Year: Emily Bode Aujla of Bode
- American Accessories Designer of the Year: Telfar Clemens of Telfar
- American Emerging Designer of the Year: Edvin Thompson of Theophilio
- International Women’s Designer of the Year: Demna of Balenciaga
- International Men’s Designer of the Year: Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner
- Board of Directors’ Tribute Honour: Yeohlee Teng
- Founder’s Award in Honour of Eleanor Lambert: Aurora James
Gucci Announces Squid Game’s Lee Jung Jae as its global brand ambassador
In what is another win for the cast of Netflix’s popular series, Squid Game, Gucci has announced Lee Jung Jae as its latest global brand ambassador.
He played the main character Seong Gi-Hun and recently attended the 2021 LACMA Art+Film Gala which was sponsored by Gucci. Lee Jung Jae is not the only Squid Game cast that has received global acclaim, however, actress Jung Ho-yeon also clinched a Brand Ambassadorship deal with Louis Vuitton in October.
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See the Hottest Fashion Illustrators of 2021 according to FIDA
Fashion designers are not the only ones who receive recognition for their work in the fashion industry. Before designs become physical products, fashion illustrators work to make them more vivid to designers. For the 4th year, Illustrators across the globe participated in a competition by submitting illustrated designs for different categories.
Out of the 1,000 entries that were submitted, only 4 emerged as the winners while 1 was selected as the overall winner.
Betty Southerland is the winner of the Classical Award while the Avant-Garde prize went to Katrin Funcke for her expressive composition. Kate Nastas won the prize for the Nouveau category for her classic interpretation of a Miu Miu editorial image while the Fashion Show award was won by Nadia Coolrista for her distinct artwork using colour pencil on a black ground. This year’s overall winner was Katrin Funcke.
FIDA 2021’s Winners list
- Classical Award: Betty Southerland
- Avant-Garde Award: Katrin Funcke
- Nouveau Award: Kate Nastas
- Fashion Show Award: Nadia Coolrista
The winner of each category will receive a year’s Fida membership and gets a place in the Fible, Fida’s Fashion Illustration Bible. The Fible showcases the best of contemporary talent and is sent to luxury brands and industry leaders for potential collaborations, while the overall winner also wins 2000 pounds.
If you are a fashion illustrator in Nigeria, you can follow FIDA’s activities here and see the illustrations from 2021’s contestants.
California 1- Kanye West 0 Yeezy label ordered to pay $950,000 for false shipping claims
Well, well, if you are an online fashion retailer, be careful how many days it takes your brand to fulfil customers’ orders or your brand may end up in soup like Yeezy Apparel.
Here is what happened. Kanye West’s fashion brand, Yeezy, amassed orders online from people in California. However, days turned into weeks and 1 month passed, yet, people in the state of California did not see any dispatcher for Yeezy Apparel. On the brand’s official website, it is clearly stated that customers should allow 2 to 3 days for standard shipping processes on domestic orders and a further 3-5 days to ship.
According to California, if there are delays in shipping orders to customers, a brand is supposed to either refund customers’ money, replace the goods, or provide a “written notice” to the customer with specific details of how long the delay may last. If a delay exceeds 30 days, the state’s laws categorize the company’s marketing activities as false advertising.
The case was filed on October 22nd in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles and Yeezy Apparel eventually reached a settlement with the court to pay $950,000 in damages.
And… it’s a wrap for this week! We’ll be back next Monday with top of the pack fashion business content, style inspiration and all the fashion interviews that only Mauvelli can bring you. In the meantime, please leave a comment on your favourite part of this roundup in the comments section.
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