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A huge night for menswear at the 2021 CFDA Awards
By Bailey Slater | Fashion | 12 November 2021

Bode SS20 in HERO 23 / photography by Ryan Lowry, fashion by Cece Liu

The fashion industry turned out in full force to Wednesday night’s CFDA Awards, celebrating a host of creative talent old and new, honouring the best design talent across the globe.

Menswear Designer of the Year award went to Emily Bode Aujla for her work at her American label, Bode. Having bagged Emerging Designer of the Year in 2019, Aujla has been turning industry heads with an enthralling mix of vintage fabrics, breezy silhouettes and a flair for contemporary textiles since founding her eponymous brand in the mid-2010s.

Bode SS20 in HERO 23 / photography by Ryan Lowry, fashion by Cece Liu


Elsewhere in the menswear realm, Brit designer Grace Wales Bonner was recognised for her striking material ruminations on politics and the Black experience, dressing famed playwright Jeremy O. Harris for the occasion. The well-decorated designer can now add International Men’s Designer of The Year to a lengthy list of design accolades – including 2016’s LVMH Prize – since starting her brand back in 2014.

Edvin of Theophilio, Patagonia and Dapper Dan also joined Bonner on the winner’s podium, snagging the awards for American Emerging Designer, Environmental Sustainability and Geoffrey Beene’s Lifetime Achievement, respectively. And how could we forget Christopher John Rodgers (Womenswear Designer of the Year) and Balenciaga‘s Demna Gvasalia (International Womenswear Designer of the Year), two womenswear mavens whose red carpet fantasies and cartoon-led collections prove there’s still plenty of heart (and a good dose of humour) left in the design world. 

Check out the full list of winners on the CFDA website.

Grace Wales Bonner’s Lovers Rock FW20, by Liz Johnson Artur

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