The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology honored fashion designer Carolina Herrera with its 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry Fashion yesterday at a benefit luncheon.
Up to 600 guests attended the glamorous event at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, heralding the arrival of Fall Fashion Week. Guests were then ushered into the theater’s promenade for a three-course luncheon.
This year’s luncheon chairs were Julie Macklowe and Elizabeth Musmanno and the event raised just under $1 million, benefiting the Museum at FIT, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs, and publications.
Notable guests attending include Oscar and Annette de la Renta, John Dempsey, Linda Fargo, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Julia Koch, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Lucy Liu, Roxanne Lowit, Seth and Alexi Meyers, b Michael, Andre Leon Talley, Stefano Tonchi, Ivanka Trump, Linda Wells, Anna Wintour, and Renee Zellweger.
Each year the Artistry of Fashion award winner is chosen by the Couture Council Advisory Board, which includes fashion journalists, editors, retailers, and curators including Jean Shafiroff, Nina Rennert Davidson, Anne Goldrach, Lisa Klein and Barabara Malone.
They chose Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera as this year’s recipient because of her exquisite sense of style and commitment to sophisticated elegance. Herrera is an iconic designer who has dressed the fashion elite, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to Duchess Diana de Melo and Michelle Obama. Past recipients of the Couture Council Award are Michael Kors (2013), Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and Ralph Rucci (2006).
Dr. Valerie Steele, chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board told the Museum at FIT, “Carolina Herrera exemplifies the woman of style, who is a very special kind of fashion designer. Like Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Carolina Herrera became famous for creating the kind of elegant, beautiful clothes that she herself wears. Mrs. Herrera is her own best model, and many women today want to look like her.”
Carolina Herrera said, “It is an honor to be the recipient of the 2014 Couture Council Award. I have great admiration for the Museum at FIT because it is link between fashion, culture and the rich history of our industry.”
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