By and
with contributions from Kristi Garced
 on November 1, 2010

The recipients of the 2010 Accessories Council Excellence Awards, who will be honored tonight in Manhattan, are industry leaders who share powers of creativity, innovation and commitment.

Alber Elbaz, Designer of the Year

Alber Elbaz has designed for Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche, Yves Saint Laurent and Krizia. But his work as creative director of Lanvin has been the grandest showcase for his talents.

Accessories have played a key role in all of Elbaz’s collections since his debut during the fall 2002 season, with price points known to sometimes venture into the several thousands. He abides by a strict luxe-but-wearable aesthetic — whether it’s decadent resin baubles, handbags with chain detailing or shoes in shocking hues of pink and yellow.

A diffusion line with H&M premieres this month, and will include jewelry, hats, sunglasses, handbags and footwear. “It’s very Lanvin. It’s very much our world, our aesthetic,” Elbaz said of the collection.

Rachel Rachel Roy, Brand Launch of the Year

Rachel Roy launched her eponymous sportswear collection in 2004. Five years later, eager to add to her portfolio, Roy created Rachel Rachel Roy, a moderate-price contemporary lifestyle brand, saying it was “the younger sister to the Rachel Roy collection.”

Rachel Rachel Roy, which is sold exclusively at 85 Macy’s locations, consists of sportswear, dresses, footwear, jewelry and handbags retailing for $59 to $299.

“I wanted the collection to be ‘affordable’ but never give up aesthetic or style,” she said. “Rachel Rachel Roy has also been a great opportunity for me to work with extremely talented artists…[singer] Estelle on a jewelry capsule collection, and more recently, with Jessica Stam, on a capsule collection of classics, this fall.”

When launching the collection, Roy said, “I honestly did not know what to expect other than, if I love it, other women will, too. This business is about gut, emotion and passion. That does not change for me no matter what project I am working on.”

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