ACE Awards Draws Fashion Designers, Executives, Celebrities

The Accessories Council staged its 21st annual ACE Awards Monday night, where fashion designers and celebrities mingled in celebration of shoes, handbags, jewelry and eyewear.
Eva Longoria, Victoria Justice and Brooke Shields attended the event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street.
They cheered as Betsey Johnson, the evening’s Style Icon award winner, was saluted with a 75th birthday cake and when Monica Rich Kosann’s daughters, Danielle and Laura Kosann of The New Potato, presented their mother with the Trailblazer Award.
Between courses, designers and executives mulled changes within the accessories and fashion industries — particularly focusing on the topic of shoe design.
While sneakers have begun to decelerate in popularity — following a multiyear reign — designers recognize that women are conditioned to wear comfortable shoes, rather than towering heels.
“I think there is a sense that women want to feel unencumbered and walk freely and comfortably,” said ACE Designer of the Year winner Joseph Altuzarra, who paraded a small army of Imperial Russia-inspired looks, accompanied by combat boots for fall. “I think that, for me, the combat boot was such an excellent symbol of female strength and confidence. I do think that women want more fashion options that are not high-heel shoes,” he added of

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