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“What a week!” Michael Kors quipped as he ascended the podium last night at the 38th Annual FiFi Awards—the Fragrance Foundation’s equivalent of the Oscars. The “tan and talented” designer, as he was introduced by Allure editor in chief Linda Wells, picked up not only a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday night, but also a Hall of Fame statuette for his contributions to the world of perfume at the downtown Armory last night. “It’s the most personal thing I create,” he told us of his collection of eaux, which includes Michael Kors, his signature scent; Destinations, his revolving cast of island-inspired aromas; and his latest effort, the very glamorous Very Hollywood. “It’s like Solomon’s choice,” Kors joked when we asked him which was his favorite, before admitting, “It’s like when you have kids. It’s the oldest and the youngest.”
The evening’s other high-profile winner was Usher, who picked up the Celebrity of the Year Award (fragrances from Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, and Halle Berry were all nominated in the Popular Appeal category, but none of their famous creators materialized. ) “I’m really happy about finding a new love and a new passion, which is fragrance,” Usher said as he accepted his FiFi. Talk about igniting passion: “Fragrance is the thing that stays on when everything else comes off,” he told us in a near whisper later on backstage. Swoon. Click here for a complete list of winners.