Beyoncé, walked out on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom to accept this year’s fashion icon award looking as if she stepped out of a frame of her long-form video/movie/visual essay “Lemonade,” dressed in a sparkling, pinstriped Givenchy trouser suit and her face in the shadow of a broad-brimmed black hat.
The fashion industry gave out its annual awards Monday night, celebrating the best that the frock trade had to offer over the last year. It honored makers of handbags and shoes, mens’ tailoring, women’s sportswear and the enduring talent of Norma Kamali, who gave the world the famous “sleeping bag” coat.
The event recalled the memory of David Bowie, took note of the power of Prince and even offered a few words of remembrance for Muhammad Ali.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America maintained complete secrecy of who would be awarded the icon title for 2016. But as husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy walked in to take their seats, the award was obvious to the spectators present there. The award was presented by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, preceded by a video — a few seconds of context and explanation.