As tonight’s host Seth Meyers put it, the CFDA Awards are the Oscars of fashion, awkward moments and inspiring speeches included. But the ceremony isn’t just an evening during which the industry pats itself on the back—it’s when the fashion crowd reveals itself for what it is: A world full of weirdos and incredibly talented individuals.
Last night’s affair delivered its usual dose of laughable and encouraging moments, from Diane von Furstenberg urging everyone to get drunk (“Don’t forget to drink a lot of the tequila that’s on your table,” the CFDA chairwoman told attendees) to when Pat McGrath humbly confessed she was horrified she was being honored with the Founder’s Award because, as a makeup artist, she is not used to the spotlight. Honorable mentions include Meyers’ attempt to poke fun at Demna Gvasalia, who took home the International Award, for his rendition of the IKEA tote bag for Balenciaga, and Janelle Monáe, another honoree for her work in the Women’s March, admitting that she is “still trying to figure this shit out,” just like the rest of us.
But more importantly, the CFDA Awards serve to celebrate our love of fashion, and why—no matter how much it changes or makes us question its entire existence—we still love it. Below, we’ve compiled the most inspiring quotes heard throughout the evening. To see all the winners, click here.