The stellar slate of five honourees will be awarded for their outstanding leadership, vision, and achievements in the fashion industry. The American Image Awards benefits the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CDFA) Foundation as it advances design and manufacturing innovation through mentorships and business grants, according to a press release by AAFA.
The honouree slate includes Kenneth Cole, Person of the Year; Ralph Lauren Corporation, Company of the Year; Brandon Maxwell, Designer of the Year; Alibaba Group, Retail Innovator of the Year; Bravo/Project Runway, Fashion Maverick.
The 2020 American Image Awards will be emceed by award-winning journalist and CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin. In addition to anchoring, Baldwin is regularly in the field to cover the biggest breaking stories in the US and around the world. Baldwin will be joined by legendary, award-winning designer, Jeffrey Banks. Banks will share a personal tribute to the late Isabel Toledo, who, along with her incredibly talented partner Ruben Toledo, designed the American Image Awards statuette.
“The American Image Awards is about celebrating the future of the fashion industry and highlighting the exceptional work of those that are leading the way. No one could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on our world, our industry, or our daily lives, but this industry is proving its resilience. The future of fashion is bright, and our partnership with CFDA’s Foundation is helping to ensure it. We are incredibly excited to shine a spotlight on this year’s exemplary slate of honourees, and to celebrate in a truly unique way this year,” Steve Lamar, president and CEO of AAFA said.
“We appreciate the support the AAFA has given to the CFDA over the past four years. Our efforts to develop and operate impactful programming are directly strengthened through our relationship with the AAFA,” Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA said.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)
The American industry trade group, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), has revealed the final format and line-up for the 2020 American Image Awards. This year’s event will be taking place as a star-studded virtual gala on September 23, 2020. The programme was rescheduled (from April) and reimagined in the wake of the pandemic.