The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards are essentially the Academy Awards of couture. Last night was its 2015 installment, and Skateboard P was the recipient of the trade association’s prestigious Fashion Icon award (previous beneficiaries include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and supermodel Iman among others), and he was presented the award by none other than fellow style magnate Kanye West.
Yes, those are the new Kanye West x adidas sneakers on his feet, set to arrive in stores later this month.
In his introductory speech, Kanye credited Pharrell as one of his own style idols, even referring to himself as the “angry Pharrell.” But after accepting the award, it was Pharrell who would deliver some of the most poignant words of the night, reminding everybody that being different is what makes the same and is our “ultimate asset.”
Watch the proceedings below.