NEW YORK — Industry insiders donned baubles and black ties Thursday night for the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball at Pier 60 here.
The event, founded and chaired by Reenie Brown, had a "green" theme, raising more than $12 million for Defenders of Wildlife, EarthJustice, Riverkeeper and the Wildlife Land Trust. The organizations are focused on environmental preservation.
"It's nice to be part of an industry and an event that gives back," said Abe Chehebar, chairman and chief executive officer of Accessories Network Group and member of the FABB board.
The evening's honorees included J.C. Penney, recipient of the Fame Award for fashion accessories merchandising excellence, and Kathy Van Zeeland, who was awarded designer of the year.
Van Zeeland's four-year-old handbag brand is available at some 1,300 stores nationwide and in 50 freestanding stores in Europe and Asia.
"All I wanted to do when I was a young girl in California was to get to New York and work in fashion," Van Zeeland said. "I got to Saks and my fate was sealed."
Rico Trevino, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for accessories at Macy's East, presented the award to Van Zeeland. "Rico was the first retailer to give me a break [in 2004] and I'll never forget that," she said.
Cindy O'Connor, Penney's senior vice president and general merchandise manager, accepted the award on behalf of the retailer. "Our philosophy that 'every day matters' is not just a marketing philosophy, but applies to the way we view our customers," O'Connor said.
The evening concluded with dinner and dancing to the Starlight Orchestra.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia