This combination photo shows designer Gabriela Hearst at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund fashion gala honoring Coach in New York on Nov. 29, 2018, left, and Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond at the 2019 Footwear News Achievement Awards in New ... more >

Gabriela Hearst, Kerby Jean-Raymond win top fashion awards


NEW YORK (AP) - The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards.

It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black designer of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday.

The winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners in their categories.

The award for international women’s designer went to Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. The international men’s designer award went to Kim Jones for Dior.

The awards were announced by Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA, in a brief video announcement on Runway360, the group’s new digital platform. They were originally scheduled to be presented, as usual, at a glitzy ceremony in June, but the ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.