Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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It’s About Time!

Hurray for Ralph: Great news that Ralph Rucci has finally been given his much overdue ‘due’ as one of this year’s nominees (unbelievably for the first time) for Women’s Wear Designer of the Year (he shares the honor with Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors). But this is only the first round of votes. The second round will commence on April 14th and the winners will be announced at the annual CFDA Fashion Award Gala to be held on June 7th, at the New York Public Library.

Other nominees and categories? Men’s Wear Designer of the Year: Sean Combs for Sean John, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren; Accessories Designer of the Year: Edmundo Castillo, Marc Jacobs, and Reed Krakoff for Coach; Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for New Talent: Derek Lam, Zac Posen, and Patrick Robinson (whom as was pointed out by WWD, coincidentally designs for the Perry Ellis label).

In addition, Teri Agins of the Wall Street Journal will receive the Eugenia Sheppard Award for journalism; Irving Penn will receive the Eleanor Lambert Award; and surprise, surprise, Sarah Jessica Parker will be given the Fashion Icon Award. Personally, I don’t get it…I think too many people confuse her off screen aura with her made up Carrie persona. I myself am not a particular fan of her look, and think she looked a lot better before she became such an, ‘icon’. Oh well, I guess that’s what makes horse races.

On another note, I had to chuckle upon reading a column in Page 6 of today’s New York Post. Under the heading, ‘Just Asking’: “Which society couple is on the rocks because the husband can no longer abide his wife’s relentless spending and her absurd compulsion to attend every party? While she paints herself as a full-tome mother, daddy often takes their daughter on playdates and appears at school functions because his wife won’t miss a photo op”. Gee- this applies to so many of them, I wouldn’t know where to begin to guess (though I have my opinion).

- Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

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