"Accessories are the stars of my closet," Iman announced as she accepted her Hall of Fame award at last night’s 17th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards. "Everything else is just supporting cast." The supermodel wasn't the only accessories enthusiast to step out for the occasion. Joan Collins was on hand to present Alexis Bittar with the Brand of the Year award. "I think if you saw Dynasty, you saw that I wore some pretty marvelous jewelry," she began. "Tonight it gives me enormous pleasure to present Alexis with his award—from one Alexis to another."
This year's ACE Awards saw the addition of several new categories, including the Legacy award for Frye—it being the 150th anniversary of the company—and the Omni-Channel Retailer award for Nordstrom. Dannijo's Danielle Snyder presented Leandra "Man Repeller" Medine with the inaugural Digital Influencer award. The awards themselves were Swarovski box clutches designed by Leiber, and back at their dinner table, Snyder and Medine played with the box. "It's so shiny, you can use it like a mirror!" Snyder exclaimed.
The spirit of friendship between presenters and honorees gave the ceremony a nice sense of intimacy, no easy feat for a grand affair at Cipriani 42nd Street. Jason Wu presented his longtime friend and collaborator Kate Young with her Influencer award, saying, "She's prevented me from making a fool of myself on many occasions. Behind every great designer—or in my case, OK designer—there is an even greater stylist." Kate Lanphear, who said that Phillip Lim was the first designer she befriended as a small-town girl moving to New York, gave Lim his award for ACE Designer of the Year. "Just look at her," Lim told Style.com. "Kate's the ultimate accessory. She's always styled head to toe, and she always does it right."