16th Annual ACE Awards Honors Industry Best


Actress Olivia Wilde and fashion designer Vince Camuto. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Accessories Council

New York—It was a star-studded, accessories bedecked crowd at the 16th Annual ACE Awards, hosted Monday evening, Nov. 5, at Cipriani 42nd Street. Each year, the Accessories Council honors designers, brands, retailers, celebrities and media who have furthered the awareness and use of accessories, and this year was no difference.

Actress Julianne Moore is flanked by Desiree Gruber and Sefanie Greenfield of Theodora & Callum, as well as Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.” Photo: Getty Images

Although cocktail party chat often turned to tales of post-Hurricane Sandy power outages and  Market Week reschedulings caused by merchandise shipping delays, the industry was still thrilled to come together to celebrate its peers. As a goodwill gesture in light of the hurricane, the Accessories Council donated its event gift bags to Glam 4 Good and will be making a significant donation to the American Red Cross.

2013 Honorees

  • Brand Launch – Theodora & Callum
  • Brand of the Year – Fossil Inc.
  • Business Excellence – American Express
  • Designer of the Year – Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, and Ulrich Grimm for Calvin Klein Collection
  • Influencer – Assouline
  • Marylou Luther Journalism Award – Constance White, Essence
  • Retail Innovation – Stella & Dot
  • Specialty Retailer — C Wonder
  • Trendsetter – Camila Alves for Muxo and INC International Concepts
  • Visionary – Vince Camuto

Senior Vice President, Women’s Fashion Director and Store Presentation at Bergdorf Goodman Linda Fargo and President of Bergdorf Goodman Joshua Schulman. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Accessories Council

Presenters and guests included Julianne Moore, Tika Sumpter, Katrina Bowden, Olivia Wilde, Tim Gunn, Nicole Romano, Rafe Totengco, Pamela Love, Robert Lee Morris, Alex Woo, Steve Kolb, Linda Fargo and more.

Upon entry, guests were dazzled by a sparkling tiered cake, adorned with 130 pieces of Swarovski jewelry—totaling in over 3,000 Swarovski Elements and weighing more than two pounds.

There was also a musical/dance/animation performance by BollyDoll about an Indian epic created by singer Amrita Sen and electronic musician Anthony Marinelli. Additional event sponsors included Marchon, Judith Leiber, Trebbianno, and G-III.

Accessory Council directors attend the 16th Annual ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 5, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Accessories Council

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.