Usually, organizers announce the name of the Fashion Icon winner well in advance, but this year they kept it under wraps until the end of the ceremony, when designer Diane von Furstenberg took the stage to introduce the pop superstar, saying she was everything women aspire to be.
|Designer Calvin Klein presents designer Donna Karan with The Founders Award In Honor of Eleanor Lambert at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday in New York City. (AFP-Yonhap)|
Beyonce, dressed in a glittering pinstriped pantsuit with a huge, black wide-brimmed hat, spoke of her seamstress mother, and how she had used her talent and creativity to give her young children their dreams.
She also praised fashion designers for being, in her words, fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors -- and sometimes therapists.