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Lenny Kravitz Wins 2022 CFDA Awards Icon Award

Portrait of Lenny Kravitz (1989)Credit: Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

Lenny KravitzFashion icon status gets the recognition it deserves. On November 7, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will honor the let love speak artist with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award at the 2022 ceremony. He joins a long line of style stars, including past winners Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Pharrell Williams and more.

Since bursting onto the music scene in 1989, the Grammy winner has earned a reputation for his funky, eclectic style identity. With unbuttoned, plunging tops, skinny bell bottoms, metallic jumpsuits, bug-eyed sunglasses, fringe and feathers galore, Kravitz incorporated a glam rock aesthetic with a bohemian twist. The Saint Laurent ambassador even starred as fashion designer Cinna in the hunger games franchise.

Kravitz’s stage-worthy androgynous ensembles have placed him among the highest echelons of rock star style, among the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger.

Below, United States rounded up Kravitz’s most notable looks ahead of his CFDA Awards honor.

Early 1990s

Portrait of Lenny Kravitz photographed in the early 1990s. (Photo by AJ Barratt/Avalon/Getty Images)

A master class in layering, Kravitz’s feather boa would go on to become a staple of the “Fly Away” singer’s signature style.


Leonard Albert Kravitz, known as Lenny Kravitz pictured near his home on September 16, 1991 in Malibu, Calif. (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)

Posing in the California desert, Kravitz shone in a matching copper-metal ensemble, consisting of a button-up vest and skinny pants — a silhouette he still rocks today.


Leonard Albert Kravitz, known as Lenny Kravitz pictured near his home on September 16, 1991 in Malibu, Calif. (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)

The “American Woman” artist wore a black crochet tank top and fitted leather pants for a walk on the beach.


Musician Lenny Kravitz at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kravitz shone at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards in a shimmering metallic silver zip-up vest with a fuzzy collar and matching tight silver pants. The star teamed her look with platform boots, matching rhinestone encrusted cuffs on each wrist, a jeweled choker and mask-style sunglasses.


Lenny Kravitz at the 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1997 (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

The “Are You Gonna Go My Way” musician wore printed pants and a long black trench coat to the 1997 Grammy Awards, paired with layered silver necklaces and sunglasses. But the heart of her ensemble was her fuzzy yellow bob.


Lenny Kravitz at the 7th of 6th fashion show on March 31, 1998 (Photo by Ron Galella via Getty Images)

Kravitz attended the 7th of 6th New York Fashion Show in 1998 wearing a brown leather and fur jacket, unbuttoned buttonless shirt with red vinyl pants, and white-framed sunglasses.


Lenny Kravitz at the Fall 1999 Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show at The Roseland in New York, New York on February 18, 1999. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The entertainer wore a matching metallic silver ensemble from Anna Sui’s Spring/Summer 1999 collection with a floral pink Gucci Spring/Summer 1999 tank top by Tom Ford underneath at the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 1999 show in New York City.


Musician Lenny Kravitz poses for photographers as he arrives at the fourth annual GQ’s 1999 Men of the Year Awards where he performed on October 21, 1999 in New York City. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Kravitz attended an awards show in 1999 wearing his favorite bug-eyed sunglasses, a floral-print shearling jacket with distressed studded denim jeans.


Lenny Kravitz at the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Gala Honoring David and Chaya Saity in New York in New York, New York on June 03, 2001. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

The singer-songwriter stepped out in a Gucci print silk kimono paired with flared blue jeans in 2001. The entertainer finished the look with a pearl necklace and black sunglasses.


Lenny Kravitz at the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Kravitz attended the American Music Awards in a chainmail tank top under a distressed leather vest and matching pants with a feathered collar.


American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz arrives for the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Kravitz attended the 2022 Grammy Awards wearing a rhodium-plated sheer silver chainmail top by the Ukrainian American designer Natalia Fednerblack leather pants and black leather high heel boots by Jordan Adoni in collaboration with West Hollywood’s Church shopwith layered silver necklaces and bug-eyed steam punk sunglasses to complete the look.


Lenny Kravitz attends the 2022 Met Gala celebrating ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Leave it to Lenny to bring his rocker roots to the Met Gala, in his Chrome Hearts outfit featuring a sheer lace long sleeve top with a black cape, worn with high waisted leather pants and her must-have boots from Modern Vice.

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