The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has just announced its American Image Awards honorees for 2016. Designers Joseph Abboud has been named Person of the Year & Christian Siriano has been named Designer of the Year. They will be joining fashion A-listers including Iris Apfel who will receive the Fashion Maverick Award, Shinola Detroit the Retailer of the Year, & footwear giant BBC International LLC as Company of the Year. Hosted by Hal Rubenstein, the 38th annual American Image Awards will take place on May 24, 2016.
Joseph Abboud, Person of the Year honoree, is currently the chief creative director of Tailored Brands, Inc. He was chosen for his exceptional style sensibility infused with intelligence, grace, & ease. He is the only designer to win the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year two years in a row (1989 & 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), he was honored with The Cutty Sark Award for the Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, a Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 as well as the Special Achievement Award from The Neckwear Association of America in 1994. Currently, the Joseph Abboud collection is sold at the Joseph Abboud Flagship in NYC, JosephAbboud.com, & Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide.
Christian Siriano is being recognized as Designer of the Year. In 2008 he launched his eponymous collection following studies in London under Vivienne Westwood & Alexander McQueen. The Christian Siriano collection is now shown each season at New York Fashion Week, & presented in New York & Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical & show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns & cocktail dresses, to tailored sportswear, to intricately detailed shoes & accessories – the collection can be found at Neiman Marcus & other department stores & specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012 the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened on Elizabeth Street in New York City, & in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the CFDA.
The AAFA American Image Awards honors those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, & outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel & footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing, & retail. The American Image Awards is hosted by AAFA which, through this event, brings together a unique cross-section of influencers to celebrate creativity while drawing attention to public policy impacts on fashion & design.
“Every year, the apparel & footwear industry eagerly waits for the American Image Awards as a time to celebrate true innovation & leadership,” said Rick Helfenbein, AAFA president & CEO. “This year’s honorees epitomize the best of the industry from design through creativity, to business & marketing achievements. We’re so proud to recognize their successful contributions.”
Also being honored are Iris Apfel, as Fashion Maverick. A businesswoman, interior designer, & fashion icon, she consults & lectures about style & other fashion topics. Her illustrious career includes teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin & White House restoration projects for nine United States presidents.
Company of the Year is footwear giant BBC International LLC, known for its dynamic design, innovation, product development, sourcing agility, marketing savvy, & a growing portfolio of top global brands & licenses in every distribution channel.
Shinola Detroit, to receive the Retailer of the Year Award, is dedicated to creating world-class American manufacturing jobs & crafting watches, bicycles, leather goods, & journals of the highest quality that are built to last.
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