Burbank, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/2/16 – On the evening of Saturday, October 1st, 2016 Metropolitan Fashion Week announced the winners of its inaugural Metropolitan Fashion Awards. These awards honor outstanding achievements in fashion and costume design in motion pictures, television, and live performance.
The event hosted by MFW producer Eduardo Khawam at Warner Bros. Studios was attended by over 400 industry VIPs, celebrities, costume and fashion designers. Award presenters included former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, actor Antonio Jaramillo, and reporter-producer Nitzia Chama.
“Eduardo Khawam’s opening speech was candid and inspiring!” remarked Newton Lee, editor-in-chief of ACM Computers in Entertainment, who attended the MFW festivities on behalf of THT. “Eduardo told the captive audience his personal story about perseverance. He said, ‘Never give up on your dreams!'”
In a special presentation Khawam gave Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas the 2016 Metropolitan Fashion Excellence Award for their outstanding work in costume design. For the first time, Cirque du Soleil debuted costumes from all six of its Las Vegas shows on one runway!
Hollywood legends Ed Asner, Bob Barker, Loretta Swit, and Betty White were also honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for Animal Conservation presented by MFW sponsor The GES Africa Conservation Fund. The GES Group operates the leading Wildlife Management effort in South Africa.
Loretta Swit accepted the award in person on behalf of the group. Matt Asner accepted his father Ed Asner’s award.
Below is a complete list of the 2016 Metropolitan Fashion Award winners:
METROPOLITAN FASHION EXCELLENCE AWARD
Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas
FASHION BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
CELEBRITY STYLIST OF THE YEAR
FASHION COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR (tie)
Jeannie Mai–Co-host of FOX’s The Real
Jomari Goyso — Co-host of Univision’s Sal y Pimienta
FASHION PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
RuPaul’s Drag Race
COSTUME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR–LIVE PERFORMANCE
Zumanity–Cirque du Soleil–Designer Thierry Mugler
COSTUME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR–MOTION PICTURES
Captain America: Civil War–Designer Tony Acosta, Jr.
COSTUME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR–TV
American Horror Story: Hotel–Designer Lou Eyrich
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE FOR MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLING
The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
In addition to the awards, the MFW Gala showcased a unique and exclusive runway show featuring over 150 one of a kind avant-garde costumes and couture evening gowns created by national and international celebrity designers. These included Arturo Rios, Ricardo Soltero, and Inoe Vargas. Live entertainment was provided by Italian ethno band Domo Emigrantes.
ABOUT METROPOLITAN FASHION WEEK
Metropolitan Fashion Week is one of the fastest growing fashion weeks in the USA with shows in Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and soon, New York. MFW is the only fashion week in the world that features both fashion and costume designers from around the world on one runway. MFW has made a global impact on the fashion scene by presenting events held in dramatic, non-traditional venues in each city.