Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs has spent his entire career under the glare and provocation of the spotlight. Catapulted to fame by a remarkable Parsons School of Design graduation effort in 1984, he has kept the fashion world fascinated ever since, through grunge, trompe l’oeil, cashmere thermals, retro riffs, audacious collaborations at Vuitton and, yes, plenty of controversy. Along the way, Jacobs’ shows have remained among the most anticipated anywhere, his perspective celebratory at heart, and his approach fearless. “The only thing that looks wrong on everybody,” Jacobs has said, “is insecurity.”

International Award Honoree

Phoebe Philo

“Girly-girl” is not a phrase that leaps to mind in reference to British designer Phoebe Philo. The creative director for Celine returned to fashion in 2009 after a three-year hiatus and has helped propel the house’s business exponentially. Her streamlined nouveau classics have been widely influential throughout the industry, defining a modern aesthetic that speaks to effortless style. “Womanfriendly,” “grown-up” and “relevant” are often used to describe her mix of clean but modern-with-atwist styles that appeal to customers of all ages.

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