Any night spent at the Plaza is special, but Tuesday night’s 45th American Image Awards were a particularly memorable affair. The annual event has finally returned to real life after two years of virtualization and the vibrant energy of a reunion could certainly be felt throughout the ballroom.
Hosted by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the glamorous gala and awards show saw some of the biggest names and faces in fashion come out to celebrate inspiring leaders, visionary brands and inclusive initiatives across industry.
After a lively cocktail reception and red carpet, attendees headed to dinner in the Grand Ballroom, where they took their seats under chandeliers for a moving ceremony to toast the evening’s winners. AAFA President and CEO Steve Lamar was on hand, as were CFDA President CaSandra Diggs and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, whose CFDA Foundation benefited from the evening.
“The 2022 winners are true visionaries, turning hard-learned lessons into new sources of strength to build a better industry and a better world,” Lamar said of this year’s winners, including Person of the Year Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc. Company of the Year, Prabal Gurung Designer of the Year, Fashion Maverick ThirdLove and Eco Steward of the Year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Fashion Initiative.
Between champagne toasts and acceptance speeches, host Segun Oduolowu kept the crowd laughing late into the night.
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[Photos via Getty for AAFA]