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Maria Sharapova, Fashion ACE

The Tennis Star Takes Home an Accessories Council Excellence Award

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Among the honorees at the 2010 ACE Awards: a tennis player, a hip-hop artist, and QVC. The Accessories Council's annual celebration of fashion influencers drew a mix of creators and retailers to Cipriani 42nd Street last night for an evening of collegial appreciation that was, of course, also about maintaining a few strategic alliances.

At least two of the evening's honorees came with notable statement accessories: Lauren Bush, who accepted the Humanitarian of the Year award from Gap's Patrick Robinson, was toting around her latest FEED bag, a hand-beaded linen clutch by one of the evening's sponsors, Judith Leiber. "It will appeal to a demographic that doesn't feel as comfortable as I do wearing a burlap bag to a black-tie event," Bush joked. And Maria Sharapova, who was honored for her footwear and handbag collaboration with Cole Haan, was sporting her new engagement ring. (Her fiancé is basketball player Sasha Vujacic, which makes her a Laker girl of sorts.) Having won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Sharapova is used to accepting awards—just not in front of a fashion audience. "Everyone looks so beautiful, and not sweating," she noted.

Other winners included Alber Elbaz, who was named Designer of the Year, and Rachel Roy, for Rachel Rachel Roy. En route to claiming her Style Evolution award, Christina Ricci mentioned that her boot-cut jeans had succumbed to natural selection. "They had to go," she said. "I gave some to my mom, and the rest I think went to Goodwill." And in signature fashion, Kanye West (Stylemaker of the Year) grabbed the spotlight with a disjointed apologia that ended on a defiant note: "This is for all the times I felt I made fashion mistakes—all the times where, you know, our photos from fashion week got put on South Park."

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