Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fashion: ACE Awards


The Accessories Council Honors Fashion Influencers

Honorees included Burberry-Brand of the Year; Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta- Designer of the Year; Lady Gaga- Stylemaker Award; Diane Von Furstenberg- Accessory Visionary Award; Barbie-Fashion Icon; Fred Allard of Nine West-Influencer Award; Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s Shoes-Humanitarian Award; of the Year; Gilt Groupe-Retail Innovation; Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director of InStyle -Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism; and V Magazine-Magazine of the Year.

Guests and presenters included Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Nina Garcia, Molly Sims, Erin Wasson, Alexander Wang, Glenda Bailey, Christian Siriano, Steven Kolb, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Daisy Lowe, Hamish Bowles, Eric Daman (Costume Designer for Gossip Girl), Nicola Formichetti, Accessories Council Chairman Frank Zambrelli and Accessories Council President Karen Giberson.

The Accessories Council hosted the 13th Annual ACE Awards honoring individuals and companies who have furthered the awareness and use of accessories. Annually, the ACE Awards are presented to designers, brands, retailers, celebrities and media who have helped to enhance sales and promote accessories at the consumer level.

The night included a cocktail reception at the beautiful Cipriani on 42nd Street followed by a dinner and award ceremony hosted by Robert Verdi. Lead sponsors of the evening included Marchon and Cole Haan as well a number of other prominent accessory brands.

The Accessories Council, a not-for-profit national advocacy group, was formed in1995 by accessory manufacturers and retailers to unite a diverse industry and create a singular voice. The Council addresses industry concerns and promotes accessories to the consumer. Membership includes major retailers across the country and renowned brand and designer names. These members comprise a large percentage of the $30 billion accessories business in the United States.

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