By Contributor Paula Gómez
Crucial testimonies, lies, betrayals, and a Russian whodunit; they probably had the whole world watching. Is it even a surprise at this point that this week’s top story goes -- without a doubt -- to James Comey and President Trump's media game of he said she said.
Well! (*Inhales a deep breath.) In spite of all the recently heated and not-so shocking events, the CFDA Awards also had a bit of the politico bug under the surface of the event, where some attendees used the platform to stand against immigration and climate change policies.
The big winner of the night and possibly the rest of the decade, was designer Raf Simons. He took home the awards for menswear and womenswear designer of the year for his very first collections for Calvin Klein.
Simons accepted the award with a solid message: “Be an inspiration for how the world should look."
Among some of the winners, Laura Kim, and Fernando García (Monse) took home the new talent recognition, and Demna Gvasalia received the international award. No surprise there, since the head of Balenciaga and Vetements is the new prodigy alumni of the industry.
It's not all that ironic that all of the winners share a similar vision to inspire the world in how they think it should dress.
But if there was one big take away from the CFDA award ceremony and from the many other awards shows so far in 2017, is that people are declaring the use of creativity in the name of politics. Using art as a channel to communicate protest is a part of fashion's culture that will never stop trending.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an abstract visual content producer, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University; where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column for The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University – And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early – Bringing him to four design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.