Innovate or Die
WSJ.'s third annual Innovator Awards
Last night's WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards drew many of fashion's most creative minds, at least one of whom admitted he was hoping to get a little inspiration from the other talents in the room. "There are some great artists and architects here tonight," Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa told Style.com. "No matter the craft, for me, innovation is about restlessness. It's about looking forward, looking further, never back."
The relationships between honorees and their presenters connected the worlds the ceremony was trying to bridge. Landscape architect Thomas Woltz, one of the forces behind New York's Hudson Yards development, was given the Design Innovator award by his longtime friend, the designer Thom Browne. Venture capitalist Joshua Kushner handed the Technology Innovator award to Nick D'Aloisio, who sold his Summly app to Yahoo, in March, for an estimated $30 million. And André Leon Talley presented Pat McGrath with the Fashion Innovator award for her numerous contributions to the beauty industry.
Pharrell Williams took the stage to introduce Daft Punk for their Entertainment Innovator award, saying, "I got the opportunity to work with these guys, which was amazing, because they really are robots." After playing a video acceptance speech as if they weren't able to make it, Daft Punk took the stage, escorted by their WSJ. co-cover star, Gisele Bündchen. The duo received their statues, gave a cool nod, and disappeared as quickly as they came. As for Bündchen, she said, "I never considered myself an innovator necessarily. I just try to live my life every day, every moment, to the best I can. Life is such a gift!"
Balmain's Olivier Rousteing agreed. "Tonight is why I love coming to New York. There are no boundaries, and the people here love what is really new. It's a big machine—you can really make your dreams come true here."