This year, Ralph Lauren was awarded with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) “Popular Vote” Award. For the first time, the CFDA asked the public to cast votes online for their favorite designer. Steven Kolb, Executive Director of the CFDA, presented the award to Mr. Lauren on June 15th at Alice Tully Hall during the annual CFDA Fashion Awards.
Mr. Lauren is no stranger to winning awards and accolades for his accomplishments. At the CFDA Fashion Awards in June 2008, the CFDA awarded Mr. Lauren with the American Fashion Legend Award –the only designer to ever receive this special tribute. Moreover, Mr. Lauren has received the CFDA’s three highest honors – Lifetime Achievement Award, Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and Menswear Designer of the Year Award – not to mention the Humanitarian Leadership Award.
Fall 2009 marks the 15th year of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), a charitable initiative inspired by Mr. Lauren in memory of his late friend Nina Hyde, The Washington Post columnist who died of breast cancer. Conceived in 1994, FTBC became an ongoing initiative of the CFDA Foundation – the philanthropic division of the CFDA. Since its launch, FTBC has become the worldwide fashion community’s singular and most successful response to breast cancer – an issue of vital importance to its primary consumers: women.
In September 2009, the CFDA published American Fashion: Menswear, with an introduction by Mr. Lauren. This is the third book in the American Fashion series published by Assouline in cooperation with the CFDA.
To see Ralph Lauren’s complete CFDA profile please click here.