ACE AWARD WINNERS SET
Byline: Marc Karimzadeh
NEW YORK — The Accessories Council has announced the winners for the fifth annual ACE Awards, which will be handed out at a black-tie gala at Cipriani 42nd Street here on Nov. 6, during the spring accessories market.
Eight awards will be given out to companies or retailers that were able to increase consumer awareness of accessories during the last year, according to council members.
“More and more, we find defining looks in fashion are made by accessories,” said Sheila Block, executive director of the Accessories Council. “This year’s winners represent the absolute best and set a standard.”
The awards originated in a questionnaire that was sent to approximately 80 editors, asking them to suggest nominees in each of the categories. The result was compiled into a ballot, which was sent to the Council’s members.
Stylist Tina Knowles, mother of Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce Knowles and responsible for accessorizing the trio, will receive this year’s Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Award.
“The music industry has taken its place in influencing fashion trends of an entire generation,” said Block. “Knowles has made a tremendous impact on fashion and accessories in her work with Destiny’s Child, a group whose every accessory is copied by young women everywhere.”
Judith Leiber will be the recipient of the Hall of Fame award, which is expected to be presented to her by Neiman Marcus Group president and chief executive officer Burt Tansky.
The Budapest-born handbag designer, who is mostly known for her crystal-studded evening minaudieres, came to New York in 1947, working in a series of Manhattan handbag operations for over 14 years. She opened her own business, which is today owned by The Leiber Group, in 1963.
“For nearly four decades, the Judith Leiber bag has set the standard that all others strive toward,” said Block. “Her bags are literally a work of art.”
Among Leiber’s fans are former first ladies Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton; socialites Pat Buckley, Ann Bass and Carol Petrie, and such actresses and celebrities as Diana Ross, Greta Garbo, Mary Tyler Moore and Joan Rivers.
The first minaudiere, a chatelaine, was introduced in 1967 and is still being sold today. The Special Recognition award will go to the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, who in their 75 years of being on stage have consistently incorporated accessories into their programs, including an estimated 32,500 hats, pairs of gloves and other accessories. Other winners are:
Best accessories designer: Rafe.
Best accessories collection, design house: Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.
Best accessories licensing program: Nine West.
Best accessories advertising campaign: Louis Vuitton.
Best accessories Web site, e-tailer: eluxury.com.
Best accessories retailer: Bergdorf Goodman in the regional specialty store category, Saks Fifth Avenue in the national specialty store category and Target in the mass-market channel.
A percentage of the proceeds raised at the awards will be contributed to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund.