The Couture Council of the Fashion
Institute of Technology presented the Couture
Council Fashion Visionary Award to Karl Lagerfeld,
the head of the House of Chanel, on September
10, 2010 (the first day of Fashion Week). The
luncheon was held in the lobby of Avery Fisher
Hall at Lincoln Center, catty-corner to the Mercedes
Benz Fashion Week Tents which had been erected
for the first time at Lincoln Center (Mercedes
Benz Fashion Week was formerly at Bryant Park).
It was a beautiful bright sunny
day and "the ladies who lunch" were
out in all their glory, many decked from head
to toe in Chanel. Lagerfeld muse Daphne Guiness
was particularly stunning (as she always is).
But elegantly dressed or not, the luncheon guests
were a bit awe struck by Lagerfeld. So many people
wanted to see him, there was actually a flurry
of a crowd control situation, utterly amazing
with an illustrious crowd at an elegant event.
Well, Lagerfeld IS a rock star.
Vogue Editor Anna Wintour
with Karl Lagerfeld
Then it was time
for lunch, and Lagerfeld took his place at the
table, sitting between film star Diane Kruger
and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. One fun fashion
note, Lagerfeld was wearing elegant silver driving
gloves; he kept them and his sunglasses on while
he ate. Wintour also wore her sunglasses to lunch.
Both Lagerfeld and Wintour were dressed in complementing
neutral shades; perhaps there was some type of
The always witty
Simon Doonan MC'D the luncheon, opening by saying
that Karl Lagerfeld is the Oscar Wilde of Fashion
and later saying that Lagerfeld's favorites names
is Louis, as in Louis the Fourteenth and Louis
the Fifteenth. Doonan also said that being a fashion
designer and constantly preparing for Fashion
Week is like being a nymphomaniac who can never
reach an orgasm.
Dr. Joyce Brown,
the President of The Fashion Institute of Technology,
greeted the group welcoming them to the luncheon
and the start of Fashion Week. Liz Peek, Chairman
of the Board of the Couture Council, then spoke
and thanked the group for leaving their beach
houses to return to the city for the luncheon
(there was no sign of sand on anyone present).
Then Diane Kruger
(dressed in Chanel) came to the podium. Diane
has known Lagerfeld for years and is presently
his neighbor, owning the apartment next to his
in Paris (according to New
York Magazine, he wants to buy her apartment
to expand his own). Kruger said that every woman
in the room either owns a garment by Lagerfeld
or wants to own one. Kruger presented the award
to Lagerfeld who spoke thanking the Couture Council
for honoring him with the award.
Then it was time for the door prizes. Last year
Simon Doonan encouraged the winners to run to
the podium screaming like winners on a daytime
TV show. Strangely enough, no one did. So this
year, he simply came to the podium and with the
help of actor Alan Cummings and model Elisa Sednaoui,
drew the tickets from the hat and announced the
winning numbers with dignity. Perhaps next year
there can be a special award for the most vocal
Eleanora Kennedy, Dr.
Valerie Steele, Liz Peek, Yaz Hernandez, Charlotte
and Alexandra Lebenthal
The honorary committee
chairwomen were: Daphne Guinness, Lady Amanda
Harlech and Virginie Viard. Chairs for the luncheon
were: Deeda Blair, Jen Brill, Amanda Brooks, Susan
Casden, Poppy Delevigne, Lauren Santo Domingo,
Vanessa Getty, Gretchen Jordan, Coco Kopelman,
Marie Josée Kravis, Alexandra Lebenthal,
Leigh Lezark, Charlotte Moss, Kara Ross, Allison
Sarofim, Caroline Sieber, Lizzie Tisch, Vanessa
Traina and Lynn Wyatt.
included: writer Amy Fine Colins; Andre Leon Talley
of Vogue; Angela Chen; Anna Wintour, editor of
Vogue; Barbara Tober, Chairman of the Museum of
Arts & Design's Board of Trustees; Candy Pratts
Price; Daphne Guiness, style icon and Lagerfeld
muse; Fe Fendi: Glenda Bailey, editor of Harper's
Bazaar; Hamish Bowles, European Editor-at-large
for Vogue; fashion designer Gabriel Rivera-Barraza;
Vanity Fair and Vogue international editor Ingrid
Sischy; Isabel Toledo (the 2008 honoree) and her
huband. the artist Ruben Toledo; Jamee Gregory;
Jill Kargman; John Richardson; Kathleen Hearst;
Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman; designer Lisa
Boone; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart; Matilda
Cuomo, former First Lady of New York; designer
Michelle Harper; Rachel Zoe, fashion stylist to
the stars; Robert Verdi; Rosemary Ponzo; Sarah
and Whitney Wolfe; Sharon Bush; Somers Farkas;
Valerie Steele, director of the FIT Museum; Veronica
Webb, model and TV personality; and Yaz Hernandez,
Vice Chair of the Couture Council.
of The Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award
Van Noten in 2009, Isabel
Toledo in 2008, Alber
Elbaz of Lanvin in 2007, and Ralph Rucci in
2006. In 2008, Giorgio Armani also received a
special award for Global Fashion Leadership.
The FIT Couture Council’s
Annual Luncheon is generously sponsored by the
concierge servvice, Quintessentially.
more information about the Couture Council, log
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