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Reed Krakoff keeps up his winning streak with Henry Street Settlement Honor


Delphine Krakoff and Reed Krakoff   
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The Henry Street Settlement held its annual gala dinner dance and auction at the Plaza Hotel last night, and Reed Krakoff was among the charity's honorees. To say that the designer is having a moment would minimize his decades in the industry, but 2013 has been particularly good to him so far. The First Lady has worn Krakoff's clothes on no fewer than three occasions: for her husband's swearing-in, for her official portrait, and for Vogue's April cover. "He dressed Michelle Obama when it mattered most," said CNN's Alina Cho, as she presented him with his award. Tommy Hilfiger also had words of praise: "Reed is incredibly talented, and not just in fashion. In art, home, and architecture, he has a great vision." And don't forget photography. "He shoots all of the campaigns. I had no idea," said Carolyn Murphy.

Krakoff was humble about his milestones. "They already feel so much in the past," he told "I have Pre-Spring next, and that's what I'm most excited about. Tonight, I'm here to celebrate the work of this fantastic group of people, which is humbling, to say the least." For more than a century, Henry Street has been providing social and health services to New Yorkers in need. Before dinner, the wife of Henry Street's executive director, Gina Meggo-Garza, told Krakoff that she loves his work. His response: "I said my work is pretty meaningless compared to the work your husband does."

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