The Clio Image Awards, a fashion- and beauty-focused extension of the Clio legacy recognizing creative excellence in advertising, design, interactive and communications, will present Sarah Jessica Parker with the first Honorary Award tonight at The Pierre hotel inNew York.

The actress, designer and humanitarian will be lauded for her creative work. The award is meant to recognize a career of creative contributions to the fashion and beauty industries.

Synonymous as her Carrie Bradshaw character on “Sex and the City” was with fashion, Parker has ventured into the fashion business in a more substantial way. This year, she launched a signature SJP collection of shoes, handbags and trenchcoats in association with George Malkemus 3rd of Manolo Blahnik. The mother of three is also widely known for her red-carpet appearances at numerous fashion industry events.

She also serves on the board for the New York City Ballet and is a UNICEF ambassador. In the fall of 2009, the Obama administration elected her to be a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

“Sarah Jessica Parker’s creative vision is expressed throughout her storied career, from her fashion brand to her iconic film and television characters to her support for the arts,” said Clio executive vice president Nicole Purcell. “It’s our honor to toast her achievements at this year’s event.”

Parker’s friend Andy Cohen, host and executive producer of Bravo’s late-night interactive talk show “Watch What Happens: Live” will host the gala. He will also present the award to her. In the fall, the pair, who have reportedly been friendly for 20 years, appeared on the cover of the inaugural issue of the quarterly lifestyle magazine FourTwoNine.

John Varvatos, photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, “The Exes” actor David Basche and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Alysia Reiner are expected to be in the crowd. There will also be plenty of industry types, including Malkemus, Ralph Lauren’s Alfredo Paredes, Publicis Worldwide’s Erik Vervroegen, Diane von Furstenberg’s Eran Cohen and Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Fleiss.

The Clio Image Awards, with media partner WWD, will include two types of recognition. Besides the Honorary Award, the Clio Award recognizes work that pushes creative boundaries and demonstrates ahead-of-the-curve thinking.

Geared for excellence in advertising, design and communications, the Clio Awards maintains its original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, “honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture,” according to the company. At the same time, the awards “remain focused on evolving with the industry in order to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work.”

Following are the Grand Winners, chosen as best in show in the various media. Other category winners in disciplines from Digital/Mobile to Public Relations, Video/Film to Print to Integrated Campaigns will be revealed at the gala. There is also a student competition with entries from such design schools as the School of Visual Arts in New York. A full list of finalists is available on the clioimage.com Web site.

— Rosemary Feitelberg


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