NEW YORK — An exuberant crowd of some 720 footwear and fashion folk gathered last Tuesday evening for the annual Michelangelo Shoe Awards in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.
They were so boisterous, the recipients of the awards could barely be heard above the din, magnified by the temple’s echoes, but emcee Lauren Hutton carried on valiantly.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, honored for achievement in the arts, was a mere blip on the stage, tossing his “thank you” over his shoulder as he made a hasty exit. Richard Tyler was the year’s designer honoree, and Cole-Haan president Cathy Taylor accepted the American manufacturer award.
The Fashion Footwear Association of New York’s longtime president, Dick Jacobson, joked about how everything he was wearing was Italian as he received the group’s first lifetime achievement award.
The awards are sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association.