Dream a Little Dream
The Fashion Group International Honors Carolina Herrera and More at Its 29th Annual Night of Stars
You can count on Simon Doonan to keep an awards show interesting. Before Doonan, the host of the Fashion Group International's Night of Stars, took the stage at Cipriani Wall Street last night, he told Style.com, "It's all scripted, but who knows what will happen? Maybe somebody's underpants will explode!"
No such mishaps occurred, but the funnyman was entertaining. Working with the evening's theme, "Dreamcatchers," he kicked things off with an intricate tale of a recent dream, involving the show's honorees, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh, and L'Wren Scott, among others. "I dreamt that L'Wren invited me to a slumber party at her house," he began. "Delighted, I threw on a chiffon teddy, grabbed a favorite Madame Alexander doll from the collection, and jumped in my Honda Accord."
Scott picked up the evening's Oracle Award from Sarah Jessica Parker, who delivered a message from the designer's other half, Mick Jagger. "I am so proud of you, my darling, for winning this prestigious award, and I'm so sorry I cannot be there with you as I'm playing a show in Paris. Can you please text me how to turn the oven on as I can't heat the soup. Love, Mick."
Jagger may have been MIA, but Karl Lagerfeld delivered rock-star buzz of his own when he arrived mid-dinner amid a swirl of cameras. "I'm here only as a second choice," he said, announcing Haider Ackermann's award. "The first choice was Tilda Swinton, but she couldn't be here, and I'm flattered that he asked me, but I didn't have time to prepare a speech." Accepting his statuette, Ackermann admitted, "I'm not very strong with words, so I'll borrow them from someone else. As Yoko Ono said once, 'A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.' Thank you FGI, NYC, and my little team for making me believe in my dream."