At last night’s CFDA awards, Anna Wintour presented Rihanna with the 2014 Fashion Icon Award. Wintour’s introduction touched upon Bad Girl RiRi’s excellent use of fashion and how it proves “that incredible style can help take a talented young woman from a small island to the world stage, and along the way spark a lot of conversation about elegance and empowerment.” For her part, Rihanna delved into how she used fashion as a defense mechanism, saying, “Even as a child I remember thinking, She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” Watch above and read full transcripts of Anna Wintour’s and Rihanna’s CFDA speeches after the jump.
Rihanna was honored at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memor at New York City’s Lincoln Center tonight (June 2).
Her outit by Adam Selman features over 216,000 Swarovski crystals. Style.com interviewed Mel Ottenberg and Adam Selman, who revealed more details from Ri’s look. She posed for photos with Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who handed her the award, Naomi Campbell and John Dempsey, President of MAC Cosmetics.
Click the thumbnails below for photos from the event and watch her speech.
Watch Rihanna’s speech:
Rihanna was spotted last night at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford City (NJ). She is back to black hair! Click here for photos.
Although the CFDA Fashion Awards is happening on Monday (June 2nd), it will be available for us to watch on Tuesday. Read below:
Via CFDA.com: We’re excited to share that on Tuesday June 3rd, the full CFDA Fashion Awards show and highlights from the red carpet will be available on CFDA.com and our YouTube Channel! Tune-in to see inside one of the most talked about fashion events of the year, and hit the red carpet with, famed celeb stylist and TV personality, Brad Goreski, as he interviews fashions biggest names and icons (hint, hint…Rihanna!).
However, make sure to check us on Monday night for photos from the event!
The upcoming CFDA Fashion Awards just got even more star power. Us Weekly can exclusively announce that Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard will both present at the event.
Wintour, 64, has signed on to bestow the Icon award to Rihanna at the swanky affair, which is taking place on Monday, June 2, at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
“We are proud to present Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said in a release. The “Pour It Up” singer, 26, is being recognized for her boundary-pushing style, as well as her philanthropic efforts with MAC cosmetics.