PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia University awarded Tommy Hilfiger its 2011 Spirit of Design award on Saturday night amidst the gilded grandeur of Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. The award, first given to Geoffrey Beene nine years ago, is presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the world of fashion and design. Past recipients have included Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, Mary McFadden and “Project Runway” season one winner Jay McCarroll.
Carson Kressley was tapped to present the award to Hilfiger, and kept the well-heeled crowd of Philly philanthropists and student designers entertained. After a video montage of Hilfiger’s ad campaigns, runway shows and celeb sightings set to Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Kressley said, “Wow, that was like preppies gone wild. I just want to start drinking and start layering.” He earlier made a personal plea to Hilfiger, imploring, “Let me work on your ad campaign. Let me style it, or at least apply oil to the abs of those models.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"