Inside The 2013 Accessories Council Excellence Awards

by guestofaguest · November 5, 2013

2013 Accessories Council Excellence AwardsAccessories Council Excellence AwardsEva Chen Phillip Lim, Kate LanphearIman

The Accessories Council presented the ACE Awards at Cipriani 42nd St last night. The who’s who of accessories came out to celebrate the 17th annual celebration, including Marcus Wainwright, David Neville, Leandra Medine, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, Hamish Bowles, Tommy Hilfiger, Naeem Khan, Olivia Palermo, Stacy Keibler, Tabitha Simmons, Danielle Snyder, Andrew Rosen, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Eva Chen, Kate Young, Neil Blumenthal, Iman and Kate Lanphear.

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Rebecca Minkoff, who presented Nordstrom with the first ever “Omni Channel Retailer” Award, described her party essentials as

“a great clutch that at the end of a night has a strap so you can convert it, a shoe that is really pretty but not too high that you’re going to be limping out of the party and a great dress that you feel fantastic in!”

Rebecca Minkoff Tory Burch [Rebecca Minkoff] [Tory Burch]

Tommy Hilfiger and Andrew Rosen caught up on the step and repeat, while Alexis Bittar, named “Brand of The Year”, and Olivia Palermo, recipient of the “Distinguished Style” award, chatted on the sidelines. Mesmerized by Palermo’s gold Aquazurra stems, Bill Cunningham swooped in to snap a photo. Palermo noted Aquazurra as one of her favorite accessory designers.

Olivia Palermo Stacy Keibler [Olivia Palermo] [Stacy Keibler]

The Accessories Council named Phillip Lim the Designer Of The Year. He explained,

“I approach accessories in a way where its not only something to look at, its how to use it holistically.”

Danielle SnyderLeandra Medine [Danielle Snyder] [Leandra Medine]

Before heading into the cocktail reception, Danielle Snyder and Leandra Medine snapped a quick Instagram shot, highlighting Medine’s Dannijo choker and stunning Rosie Assoulin dress. Snyder presented Leandra Medine with the Digital Influencer award. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, of Rag & Bone, were honored with ACE’s Breakthrough Award. Wainwright outlined Rag & Bone’s aesthetic, explaining,

“Its easy, its real, its accessible, but its authentic and really well made.”

Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, of Warby Parker, were presented with the Retail Innovation Award, while Kate Young received the Influencer Award, saying,

“I'd like to thank the women I assisted in the beginning of my career."

Kate YoungJason Wu [Kate Young] [Jason Wu]

Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and Tory Burch gathered together for a photo, joking that Burch was a “guest of a guest.” Burch presented Bowles with the Marylou Luther Journalism Award.