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:
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.
People Magazine revealed today that Rihanna is the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Icon award winner. Read below:
When we think of Rihanna‘s style, the first word that comes to mind is fearless. The singer isn’t afraid to take some major risks on and off the red carpet. So it’s no surprise the CFDA will be celebrating her creative sartorial choices by honoring her with the 2014 Fashion Icon Award.
“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,” Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA, said in a statement.
In the past year, the superstar has proved her love for bold statement-making looks (and that every design house on the planets wants to dress her). From left, her red wrapped-bodice custom Azzedine Alaïa gown — worn the 2013 Grammys — is still one of the most talked about best dressed moments in the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices. Next, she introduced us to the long open cardi dress (she ditched the bra underneath, of course), at the Chanel Haute Couture fashion show in Paris last July. At the American Music Awards in November, she not only dared to bare in a Jean Paul Gaultier two-piece ensemble, but she took it to the next level in the hair department sporting a doobie wrap.
For the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch in January, Rihanna selected a long-sleeve striped blouse and coordinating striped skirt with a thigh-high split (both Altuzarra). Finally — probably one of her most glam moments in recent months — she wore a draped yellow satin Alexandre Vauthier gown featuring a plunging neckline and dramatic slit at the Clive Davis annual Grammy party.
RiRi follows winners such as Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, and Nicole Kidman and will be presented the award on June 2 at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards.