There was a VERY fashion-forward guest at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony…BEYONCE.
The Lemonade musician was honored with the Fashion Icon award, and told the crowd of designers, and celebs that “as long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life.” She went on to recount how her grandmother had been a seamstress, and then passed that skill on to Beyoncé’s mother:
“When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black, country curvy girls,” she said. “And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother … used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.” She spoke of wearing her first costumes, which her mother and uncle had designed and sewn, “putting so much passion and love into every detail.” It felt, she said, “like an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
LOL, and who could forget the Destiny’s Child signature matching outfits? Not I!
Usually, organizers announce the name of the Fashion Icon winner well in advance, but this year they kept it under wraps until Diane von Furstenberg spilled the beans. “The image of a woman in charge has never looked more glamorous,” the designer said.
Sure, there were other winners, but everybody knew the evening was all about Beyoncé, who stunned in a glittering pantsuit and a large, black wide-brimmed hat. She also praised fashion designers for being fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors – “and sometimes even our therapists.”
“I encourage you to not forget this power that you have, or take it lightly,” the singer said. “We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or a magazine cover and see her own reflection.”
(Via Page Six)
Things have changed in fashion, but one thing’s for sure: Beyonce remains FIERCE.