Kim Kardashian West, Donatella Versace, Naomi Campbell and Carolina Herrera, and most of the biggest names in American fashion and various celebrity dates/presenters will grace the CFDA Fashion Awards in June as an honoree. Kardashian West is expected to be the first recipient of the CFDA Influencer Award.
According to CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb, it was all Tommy Hilfiger’s idea during the board meeting to decide the recipients of this year’s special honors. “Tommy Hilfiger said, ‘If you think about influencers and how they’ve changed our industry, I think we should acknowledge that,’” said Kolb. “[The board] all agreed that Kim was someone who has really impacted the industry and has changed the way brands are presented. She’s a friend of a lot of the designers and has had great influence on fashion globally.” Kolb said that with few exceptions — Rei Kawakubo and Johnny Depp among them — a condition of receiving a special award is mandatory attendance, to which Kardashian West agreed almost immediately.
However, some fellow designers and industry veterans think the Council of Fashion Designers of America which consists of Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen who are known to be the arbiters of good taste is squandering its cred. On Monday, Kim Kardashian — a woman known to wear sheer black tights as pants — will be given the first-ever Influencer Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards.
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