Sean "P. Diddy" Combs’ Sean John clothing
line landed him the prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year award, a first for
an African-American in the world of fashion.
The award was bestowed by the Council of Fashion
Designers of America on Monday, June 7 at the New York Public Library.
Combs beat out such fashion luminaries as Ralph
Lauren and Michael Kors to take top honors.
"I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the recognition
the CFDA has given me," Combs said. "This award is especially meaningful
because I am the first African-American ever to win it. This sends a signal
to kids all over America…they too can be a successful fashion designer regardless
of their race."
"Every year I go, and every year I lose,"
said an excited Combs, who has been nominated four times in the past. ”I’m
Combs, sporting a white tuxedo jacket, playfully
danced his way to the podium to accept his award. He said he was living the
American dream, recalling a time when he saved his pennies to buy a Ralph Lauren
The CFDA awards show was opened by American Idol
phenomenon Fantasia Barrino, who sang "New York State of Mind."
"This year’s CFDA Fashion Awards are a testament
to the artistry and vitality of the city of New York and the entire American
fashion industry," said Peter Arnold, Executive Director of the Council
of Fashion Designers of America.
The awards show was attended by Ralph Lauren,
Donald Trump, Alek Wek, Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, Donna Karan, Beyonce,
Eve, Jill Hennessy and others.