Rihanna honored for style at annual fashion awards
Rihanna, an undisputed fashion star of the moment, was the big draw at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, which also honor the year's top designers.
The singer and pop-culture star was being handed the group's 2014 Fashion Icon Award. Previous honorees have been Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp.
Also being honored at the ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center was designer Tom Ford, who was getting the CFDA's lifetime achievement award. The Founder's Award was going to Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agent who has been a vocal champion for diversity on runways.
Winners were being announced at the ceremony, hosted by director and screenwriter John Waters, in categories including womenswear, menswear and accessories. The group's international award was going to Raf Simons of Dior.
Designer Zac Posen called the pop star a fashion risk-taker, who skillfully melds red-carpet glamour with a rebellious streak.
“She takes risks, and she marches to her own drum, and she knows what she likes,” Posen said. “It's been an incredible journey.” He recalled meeting her before she launched her first album.
“She was a fashion-world novice, then,” he said, “but, obviously, she had looks and confidence and little-girl charm. All the ingredients were there for her to be a huge superstar: ambition, strength and, also, vulnerability.” Rihanna's occasional use of shock value, he said, “has kept her current and balanced how classically beautiful she is.”
Rihanna also has a great appreciation for designers, Posen added: “That's why people love to dress her.”
Jocelyn Noveck is the AP National Writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.