Ralph Lauren has been awarded with the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Popular Vote Award. The CFDA is a not-for-profit trade association whose by invite only membership consists of more than 340 of America's foremost fashion and accessory designers.
The awards ceremony took place this evening at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.
For the first time, the CFDA asked the public to cast votes online for their favorite designer. The Popular Vote Award was presented to Mr. Lauren by Steven Kolb, Executive Director of the CFDA.
In June 2007, the CFDA also awarded Mr. Lauren the first-ever American Fashion Legend Award. Mr. Lauren is the only designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s four highest honors – the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, the Retailer of the Year Award – as well as the CFDA’s Humanitarian Leadership Award.