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All Eyes on Lady G at the ACE Awards

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At last night's 13th Annual ACE Awards, the Accessories Council honored a fashion icon who's made of plastic (Barbie) and a performer (Lady Gaga) who showed up in headwear that resembled an oversized cotton ball. Those trendsetting blondes were a couple of the more unconventional stars of an event devoted to recognizing the most influential forces in the world of handbags, hats, sunglasses, and—in the words of Accessory Visionary Award winner Diane von Furstenberg—other "friends you can carry with you and they make you feel better."

Agyness Deyn took the stage in arresting feather eyelashes and Lucite bracelets to accept Burberry's Brand of the Year award on behalf of Christopher Bailey. ("He's in Asia, opening a new Burberry store," she explained.) TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie waltzed in with Erin Wasson on his arm and a pair of exotic slip-ons on his feet. "They are absolutely, 100 percent fake zebra," he assured us. Accepting the Humanitarian Award, Mycoskie struck the evening's most sincere note: "Shoes, for 40 percent of the world, are not an accessory. They're a necessity."

Notably, both retail awards went to Web sites: Gilt Groupe and Zappos.com, the latter of which Betsey Johnson introduced by way of (what else?) a cheerleader routine. Tomas Maier's acceptance speech for Designer of the Year was over almost before it began, while Gaga used her time at the dais to thank Marc Jacobs, Hedi Slimane, Stephen Gan, David LaChapelle, Araki ("for photographing my soul, not my image"), and Nasir Mazhar, designer of the Orbit hat the pop star wore on Ellen and "which has now become an experience." Gaga made a vow on behalf of her style team—"We will never do a line; we are not an economy"—and closed the proceedings with an unexpected fashion tip: "The most important fashion accessory is the condom." Advice that doesn't apply to Barbie, of course.

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