Raf Simons had a big night at the 2017 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards last month. The Calvin Klein Creative Director made history by taking home the Designer of the Year Awards for menswear and womenswear. Simons was the only second designer to win both honours at the CFDA Awards in the same year. “They cemented his place as one of the strongest forces in American fashion today,” declared Vogue of Simons’ great triumph.
It was Calvin Klein himself who took home both honours, in 1993. Founded in 1981, the annual event celebrates individuals who have made contributions to American fashion, as well as fashion journalism, creative vision, personal style and lifetime achievement.