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Tommy Hilfiger was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards (Fashion’s Oscars!) earlier this month at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre in New York.

Tommy was presented the award by American Vogue editrix, Anna Wintour after a memorable performance by a cappella group, The Princeton Footnotes, tying in perfectly with Tommy’s history of infusing an unexpected twist to preppy tradition.

For more than 26 years, Tommy Hilfiger has offered preppy American fashion, perfecting the classics and presenting a fresh twist each season. Under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, the Tommy Hilfiger Group has become one of very few globally recognised designer brands offering a wide range of American-inspired apparel and accessories. Through his creative efforts as a designer, and in working on a series of bold, innovative marketing campaigns, Hilfiger became a pioneer in the industry early in his career and has developed a lasting influence on fashion with his unique, preppy twist on classic, American style.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the remarkable legacy of designers’ outstanding careers and lasting impact on the fashion world. Past recipients of the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award include Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is the foremost fashion organisation in the United States. The CFDA annual awards ceremony honours excellence in fashion design, with nominations submitted by CFDA members and by select fashion publications, retailers, and stylists.


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