And in a nod to the extremely fashionable crowd of designers and celebrities, Richards thanked the CFDA for “proving that looking good and doing good go hand in hand.”

Monae, recalling the march in Washington, said she was “reminded of all of those faces that I saw … young, old, gay, straight. I saw different religious backgrounds, it didn’t matter because they were together as human beings, and that’s the one thing that left with me.”

Monae closed by asking the crowd to “speak out against the sexism, the racism, the homophobia, the Islamophobia, and all those things that are constantly trying to divide us.”

In other awards, the Swarovski award for emerging talent went to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of the Monse label. They also are the designers of Oscar de la Renta. Accessory designer of the year went to Stuart Vevers of Coach.

Kenneth Cole won an inaugural Swarovski award for positive change, and the fashion icon award — which in the past has gone to names like Rihanna and Beyonce — was given posthumously to Franca Sozzani, the former editor in chief of Italian Vogue, who died in December. Vogue editor Anna Wintour choked back tears as she presented the award, which was accepted by Sozzani’s son, Francesco Carrozzini.

Designer Rick Owens won a lifetime achievement award, and makeup artist Pat McGrath won a founder’s award.

Written by Jocelyn Noveck. Article via AP.