What does it mean to be a "designer"? What is the real role of an "influencer" in fashion? The CFDA awards — a red carpet gobstopper of a night of mutual appreciation and Champagne for American fashion — is not normally the place for big macro-questions about how the industry defines itself. But Monday night at the Brooklyn Museum, that is exactly what happened. The questions were raised by the winners themselves. Especially the — well, what do we call him? — company founder whose win as Menswear Designer of the Year was the biggest upset of the night: James Jebbia of Supreme. A.k.a. the skate lifestyle brand known for its highly anticipated limited product drops , and ability to splash its red and white logo across everything from sweatshirts to baseball caps and bricks (also, in a collaboration, Louis Vuitton products ). On stage, in his gray suit, almost imperceptible against the vibrant video backdrop, Mr. Jebbia thanked the CFDA for his statuette and noted: "I've never considered Supreme to be a fashion company or myself a designer." All the Red Carpet Photos from the 2018 CFDA Awards 54 Photos View Slide Show › Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images But the… Read full this story
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