The 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards Celebrated Conscious Consuming

Some of the biggest names, houses, and brands in fashion came together to discuss and celebrate sustainability.

From Prada to Maison Valentino to Adut Akech, some of the most significant forces in fashion came together at the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards to discuss and honor fashion’s sustainability movement.

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI), in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) of the United Nations, and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, The ICE Agency, and the Municipality of Milan, organized the ceremony of the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Elia Maramotti;Adut Aketch

The awards ceremony was presented by Rossy De Palma, who for the evening wore a Maison Valentino dress from the Valentino Resort 2023 collection. On the dress was a rose embellishment handmade in Rome using recycled fabrics from the Valentino Atelier.

During the ceremony, 14 prizes and two special mentions got awarded.

The 14 recipients of CNMI prizes received a reproduction of the Venere degli Stracci, an iconic piece of 20th-century art that was brought back to life thanks to 3D printing. Each of the reproductions was customized, so every award given was unique to the recipient.

Before getting into the award ceremony, Giorgio Armani presented a runway show highlighting some of their women’s spring-summer 2023 collection.

The first award presented was The Oceans Award which found its way into the hands of Prada.

Then came the Climate Action Award, which was given to La Soledad x Gucci. After that was The Social Impact Award, which was given to Ara Lumiere.

Kulsum Shadab Wahab;Indya Moore

Then before a fashion show break, The Groundbreaker Award was presented to Grounded Indigo by Albini_Next and Stony Creek Colours.

After the fourth award was a show by Gucci, who presented five looks from Alessandro Michele that have been seen on runways and red carpets worldwide.

The next batch of awards followed the runway show and included The Human Rights Award, which was awarded to Dr. Rubana Hug. Also, The Bicester Collection Award for Emerging Designers which was awarded to Nkwo Unkwa.

Olivia Palermo;Nkwo Unkwa;Desiree Bollier;Johannes Huebl

Then The Philanthropy & Society Award was awarded to The OTB Foundation, and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Award for Circular Economy was given to Timberland.

The third of four runway shows was presented next which came from Prada. This was a showcase of some of Prada’s most iconic looks, specially selected by Miuccia Prada and her team.

Ai Tominaga;Teddy Quinlivan;Kerry Kennedy;Teneshia Carr; Samata Pattinson;Federica Marchionni

After Prada, we saw The Pioneer Award be given to Eileen Fisher and The Biodiversity Conservation Award given to Ermenegildo Zegna Group.

Surprisingly this year’s ceremony awarded no one The Equity and Inclusivity Award due to the jury’s inability to find someone that made equity and inclusivity a key component of their activities within fashion.

Before the last round of awards, we saw the final runway show by Maison Valentino, which presented five looks from the already iconic Valentino Pink PP Collection.

Then the last batch of awards was given out and saw The Craft & Italian Artisanship Award be awarded to Bottega Veneta. Then The Woolmark Company Award for Innovation was given to Sease and The Visionary Award to Georgio Armani.

Those were the last official awards of the night. However, the ceremony still went on to celebrate Adut Akech’s historic rise to becoming one of the biggest models in the world and to commemorate Ratti and the hope they bring to the fashion industry.

The award ceremony shined much-needed light on the work being done to make fashion more sustainable. However, CNMI and the world knows there is still much work  to be done in fashion and beyond.

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