Lastly, Dior men’s artistic director Kim Jones—who last week added Fendi womenswear to his design duties—took home the award for International Menswear Designer of the Year. His innovations in men’s couture and ability to translate subcultural obsessions for mass audiences have won him rave reviews in the fashion world; over five million people tried to buy his Air Dior sneaker.
Even outside of the awards for menswear designers, it was a male-dominated lineup of winners, with Christopher John Rodgers, the beloved young designer whose gowns merge Ralph Lauren cool with Cinderella fantasy, taking home the award for emerging designer, and Pierpaolo Piccioli scored International Womenswear Designer for his breathtaking work at Valentino. Gabriela Hearst won the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, beating out The Row, Brandon Maxwell, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. (Ford was also nominated for his menswear.)
As noted on Twitter, only 16% of the winners