Accessories love at the ACE Awards!

03 November 2009



It was a star-studded evening in New York at the ACE awards last night as the fashion world came out in force to celebrate all things accessory-related. Alexander Wang, his BFF Erin Wasson, Marc Jacobs and Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman all turned out to pay homage to key names who have contributed to make the accessories industry a success. And this year was no exception as the Accessories Council honoured winners including Burberry, DvF and even Lady Gaga (who was wearing a seriously wacky ensemble… nothing unusual there then). So, without delay, let’s take a look at this year’s winners…

Barbie – Fashion Icon

With her pink shoes, cute bags and amazing range of outfits, Barbie has been keeping us all in mini-accessories heaven for 50 years. And on top of this, she’s also been inspiring top designers including Christian Louboutin, DvF and Givenchy in the Barbie As Muse project, with Christian even designing red-soled Louboutins for the Barbie NFW show. More versatile and changing than Madonna, we reckon she’s the ideal winner of this title.


Burberry – Brand of the Year

Christopher Bailey bought the iconic Brit label back to LFW with a bang this year. The trench was re-worked for S/S ’10 and the accessories definitely didn’t disappoint either, as we watched clutch bags come out in the classic check as well as boots and sandals with a braided strap. 'I really wanted it to be a pure expression of the Burberry brand but just twisted and a bit sexier,' Christopher told us, and boy did he deliver. So it comes as no surprise that Burberry were given this award, which they asked Agy to accept on their behalf (who better to do the job than Christopher’s muse, eh?). The model, who has appeared in numerous shows for the brand, joked to the audience, 'Barbie lent me her laptop and I've got Christopher here on Skype. He says thanks.'

UPDATE! Burberry's creative director dropped us a line to let us know how pleased he is to have won the award. 'We are really honoured to be named Brand of the Year by the Accessories Council of Excellence. Unfortunately, I couldn't be there in person to accept this as I'm in Singapore for our new store opening, but I know Agyness looked amazing and represented the Burberry family in all her Northern glory!.'

Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta – Designer of the Year

When he took over as creative director of Bottega Veneta in 2001, Tomas Maier instigated a $575million turnaround bringing the Italian luxury label back from the brink of bankruptcy. At the helm of womenswear and menswear as well as leather and fashion accessories for the brand, Tomas has given us everything from elegant leather handbags to the striking necklaces and espadrille-inspired shoes we were coveting on this year’s Milan catwalk.

Diane von Furstenburg – Accessory Visionary award

DvF’s holiday-inspired bags, bangles and sunglasses had us hooked in New York this year, as the label continued to find that perfect balance between fun and sophistication with gorgeous prints and embellishment in classic materials. We love.


Lady Gaga – Stylemaker award

'People anticipate what she’s going to wear and it’s exciting to see accessories as such a meaningful part of someone’s wardrobe,' said ACE president Karen Giberson on Gaga. As famous for her eye-catching style and mad headwear as her music, the lady herself turned up to the awards with a blonde afro and wearing a mask made of black lace with a beaded monochrome crown. Enough said.

Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes – Humanitarian award

Blake is the founder of US shoe company TOMS, who give a pair of shoes to a child in need every time a pair of their Argentinean alpargata-inspired shoes is sold. The perfect candidate for this award.

Blake – Retailer of the Year is a great one-stop shop for any online fashion fanatics. Featuring everything from Vivienne Westwood to DSQUARED2, they are the ultimate site for online accessories shopping.

V Magazine – Magazine of the Year

To recognise V’s dedication to all things fashion, Alexander Wang presented the magazine with the Magazine of the Year award. Edgy content, in-depth interviews and breathtaking photography (see their recent shoots with Alexa Chung and Natalia Vodianova), they’re most definitely a worthy winner.


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