The council of fashion designers of america (cfda) gathered at the brooklyn museum, new york, for its designer of the year awards. the three big winners of 2019 are the olsen sisters for accessory, rick owens for menswear (who could not attend after missing his plane) and brandon maxwell for womenswear. note that jennifer lopez was awarded this year's fashion prize. the evening also saw tom ford succeed diane van furstenberg as the new president of the cfda (council of fashion designers of america). royalty free music : straight to the heart by david bernard artlist interview with brandon maxwell, jennifer lopez and tom ford brandon maxwell i am so proud to be part of an industry like this, where we wake up every day charged with the idea that making a woman feel good, that making someone happy, is valid. jennifer lopezreceiving an award for the fashion and image you put forward, which is such a big part of what i do, is a huge honour. but when you realise the power of fashion at such a young age, even subconsciously you know it is going to be a big part of your life. i think we all realise the power that fashion has right from the beginning.tom fordwhen i was asked to take on this new role, i felt a sense of duty to give back to our industry and to support our designers and the american fashion system in any way that i can and in particular, to help the next generation of talent succeed.