Party of Change

WSJ. Magazine Presents Its First Ever Innovator Awards


Marc Jacobs, Katie Grand, and Steve Ells   
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The rain was coming down all day, but that didn't put a damper on the creative minds at the first annual WSJ. Magazine Innovator of the Year Awards. "There's no good writing weather, in my experience," Jonathan Safran Foer told after walking the red carpet at the Museum of Modern Art. "Writing doesn't make any sense," he added. "It sort of runs its own path." The author and noted vegetarian played presenter for the evening, handing off the food award to Chipotle founder Steve Ells. Other categories cut across art, design, architecture, philanthropy, and fashion. Marina Abramovic, Julian Schnabel, Carl Icahn, and Jason Wu were among the notables in the crowd.

  Love magazine's Katie Grand, who was being honored for her innovative work in fashion, had a gang of friends with her for support. "My dad is a cancer research scientist," said the editor and stylist, who was clad in a Spring 2012 Louis Vuitton dress and white crocodile pumps. "He's very proud of me to win a kind of proper award—not just a fashion award." Marc Jacobs, a longtime friend and collaborator, presented Grand with the statue, a silver gridded skyscraper twisted slightly on its axis. In town for a few days, the designer has a weekend Halloween party on his schedule, but he was most jazzed about a completely new project. "I got cast in a role in a movie," Jacobs told "They're filming next week and I'm excited. I get to play a character that's not myself at all."

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