MARCH 17, 2015
“We’ve had a great board meeting today, a very fun one,” CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg told guests at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, kicking off the announcement event for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees and honorees.
Von Furstenberg proceeded to unveil the first of several honorees of the night: Betsey Johnson, who is receiving the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Award. Johnson jumped – not cartwheeled – on stage and took to the Swarovski crystal-adorned podium to give an impromptu, unplanned acceptance speech. “I am so sorry, I just want to say this is the ultimate beyond, Oh My F G moment and I didn’t think I would ever want it because I didn’t want to be 72,” Johnson, in one of her dresses from 1965, said. “I love our club, I love what you have done with it. I love the money we have raised for AIDs and Breast Cancer and beyond.”