2012 November 7

Who Took Home An ACE Award?

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Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, and Stefani Greenfield ACE it! Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, and Stefani Greenfield ACE it!
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And the winners are...The ACE awards were held on Monday night and quite a few of our faves walked away with the Accessories Council's biggest honor. Without further ado...

Designer of the Year: Calvin Klein Collection's Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, and Ulrich Grimm presented by Julianne Moore. New York Giant Victor Cruz was in attendance to support the CK gang. Grimm told Chic: "I'm very proud to be here and see my ready-to-wear colleagues be in my court for once. It's fantastic! I love it!"

Business Excellence: American Express. The CFDA's Steven Kolb presented Vice President of Entertainment's Deborah Curtis with the award.

Trendsetter of the Year: Camila Alves. Mrs. McC was unable to attend the event due to travel problems.

Brand Launch: Theodora & Callum, presented by Tim Gunn with a video salute from Heidi Klum. Co-Founders and besties Stefani Greenfield and Desiree Gruber accepted the award. "There are definite parallels between having kids and a new business," Gruber said. "Both are messy, exciting, unpredictable, always teaching us something new and are often conceived after several glasses of wine. We are so honored to be recognized by the Accessories Council. The best is yet to come!”

Visionary: Vince Camuto presented by Olivia Wilde.

Specialty Retailer: C. Wonder presented by Niche Media's Samantha Marcus. Founder Chris Burch was stuck in Miami, but J. Christopher Capital president Amy Schecter picked up the award on his behalf. 

Marylou Luther Journalism Award: Essence editor-in-chief Constance White presented by Tika Sumpter. "The encouragement, kindness, and motivation that [the fashion community] has given me over the years is unparalleled, and I'm incredibly grateful for it," White told the crowd. "I have no power in my house, but tonight I draw power from all of you."

Retail Innovation: Stella & Dot presented by Katrina Bowden.

Influencer of the Year: Assouline presented by Linda Fargo.


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