The CFDA kept the winner of the organization's prestigious Fashion Icon award a secret before the ceremony this year, leading us to speculate wildly about who the recipient might be. But by the time Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Tina Knowles snuck into the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, it was clear that the super-secret icon was, in fact, Beyoncé Knowles.
The global superstar, on a quick break from her Formation World Tour, showed up unexpectedly to accept the award in front of an A-list fashion crowd of designers and actors gathered to celebrate the industry's top talent. Knowles wore a sparkly, striped Givenchy suit, a wide-brimmed black hat and an Icon-appropriate amount of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry: an over 100-carat diamond necklace (a value of $7 million), two 25-carat diamond stud earrings and a collection of diamond rings. She was introduced by CFDA Chairman Diane von Furstenberg, who praised the singer's fashion influence and her new Topshop activewear line, Ivy Park.
Knowles joins esteemed company: Past Fashion Icon honorees include Pharrell Williams, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and, perhaps most famously, Rihanna in a nearly naked Adam Selman dress.